Cloth has always been important to me, but after reading this article I see cloth in a different perspective. I never would have imagined that cloth could revolutionize the world. Yinka Shonibare, J. Morgan Puett, and Kimsooja’s pieces in the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, told a cultural and historical story that universally unionized the nation. Shonibare’s “Space Walk” showed the continuity of centuries and continents and the struggles of different cultures. Puett’s “Cottage Industry” portrayed women in the workforce from all classes and it showed the connection between women, slaves, and cloth. Puett took authentic pieces and put them together to make a cultural impact. Kimsooja’s “Planted Names” of the four woven wool carpets signified the blending of the black and white cultures as their names were interweaved to forever be remembered.
Cloth once had more value than it does now; it has been devalued because of western culture. I agree that it has, but I also think that clothes can actually distinguish classes. Someone in a couture gown would be considered of the higher class while someone wearing raggedy clothes would probably be of the lower class. Cloth is still very important today it can help us identify specific cultures and classes, but it can also bring mankind together. Each of these artists used their history and cultures to reconstruct universality amongst mankind.