Beyond Repair - Introduction
Sharktooth is collaborating with Common Loom to create a month-long event for New York Textile Month, ‘beyond repair.’ This event showcases the process of unraveling a worn-through rag rug from Sharktooth’s collection, transforming its composition, and weaving it anew at Common Loom. Throughout, we will document our process and share each step in the rag rug’s renewal.
Follow our process online, visit us at Sharktooth during September shop hours, and join us on September 30 for a celebratory reception and viewing of our transformed rag rug alongside beautiful, utilitarian antique rag rugs from Sharktooth’s collection.
After a rug’s warp has worn through, its fabric weft can often be salvaged and woven anew. This process extends the life of the materials and offers an intimate lens into the life of the original weaver. ‘beyond repair' invites us to consider themes of regeneration, transformation, and renewal alongside the ethics of stewardship, care, and repair.