• the synthesis of dual heritage – silk

    National heritage and traditions shape our everyday lives. History is so much more than a documentation of what once was. It is the very foundation of how our society is today. For a long time my nationalities created problems for me, and to some extent even today. In recent years, I have learned that I am not Chinese or Swedish, and that I do not have to be any of them, but I’m a selection; a synthesis of these two, if not more. Rather than showing the differences between these two cultures I chose to focus on what they have in common. Through two materials, both with roots from China and Sweden, depicted as a shelf and a carpet.

    According to the legend silk was discovered by Lei Zu, a Chinese empress and wife of the mythical Yellow Emperor Xuanyuan, who was said to have ruled China around 3000 BC. During the 15th century the Kingdom of Sweden made an attempt at self-production, but this was short-lived and, despite a royal ban on all imports of silk, almost all silk weaving mills shut down during the 17th century. Even today, this natural fiber is unsurpassed and I decided that the depiction would be a hommage to silk, in the form of a rug, an object which both highlights its luster, but also its strength, to cope against stresses. Inspired by two different types of carpets; knotted Chinese carpet, woven with senneh knots and lacks fringes and the Swedish rag rug that is woven with plain weave and has fringes on the end. The result is the synthesis of both.