Jaidari Echki In the Mountain Chains

Dianna Williams's avatar Dianna Williams

This "international" art piece is designed to connect silky cashmere "june" (fiber) with the animals from which it is combed, and with the rugged terrain of their Kyrgyz mountain chain. I was intrigued by the individual colors and personalitieis of the "echki" (goats) in photos sent to me, and the dedication to them by nomadic families who herd in such a harsh environment. The "jaidari" (indigenous locals) seem to blend into the somber mountainscape around them as though part of the jagged land. From this rough setting come the luxurious cashmere with which this artwork is created. Yards of various metal chains anchor soft fibers to a dyed wool gauze background. This piece links fiber from around the world: cashmere combed in Kyrgyzstan, scoured in Belgium, dehaired in England, spun in Scotland, dyed in the USA--a sustainable fair-trade enterprise. The art is showcased with additions of alpaca, llama, lambs wool, and silk from around the globe; fabric from Belgium, India, and Italy.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Fiber Art Wall Hanging
  • Width: 44 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 75 inches