Five prominent textile designers reflect on their early training with the master craftsman and weaver, Boris Kroll.
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The designer, master weaver, and colorist Boris Kroll is responsible for influencing an entire generation of American textile designers. Background: The Tanabata textile
Courtesy Suzanne Tick Studios and Scalamandré
During his lifetime, Boris Kroll produced millions of yards of fabric that found their way into homes, ofﬁces, cruise ships, even Air Force One. Kroll was best known for combining advanced weaving techniques with bold colors to create vivid, high-quality jacquard-woven textiles. A retrospective exhibition entitled Mid-Century Maestro: The Textiles of Boris Kroll, at the New York School of Interior Design in New York City, is currently showcasing more than 80 of these historic textiles. “Kroll was a self-taught weaver who went on to establish one of the largest textile mills in America,” says Steven Stolman, president of Scalamandré, which acquired the Boris Kroll archive from the family in 1991 following his death.
This month the company is relaunching the Boris Kroll line at the BDNY show in New York. Kroll was not only an important weaver, but he also taught an entire generation of talented textile designers: Catherine Creamer, Margaret Dunford, Nancy Geisberger, Susan Lyons, Barbara Nymark, Hazel Siegel, Suzanne Tick, and Jane Wicks. All worked at Boris Kroll Fabrics and would go on to be industry leaders. To celebrate the exhibition and the release of the line, we asked ﬁve distinguished alumni to reﬂect on lessons learned from the master.