Covering food with a piece of cloth in the pre-plastic / glass era, seems to be a natural solution to the problem of keeping food fresh / safe / clean.\nAnd it would seem natural that any culture that decorated their textiles would have also decorated their food covers.\nBut I have seen this use only in Swat Valley textiles, Sumatran textiles and Himachal Textiles. Makes me wonder why many of the cultures that are prolific art producers avoided this particular functional cloth when decorating.\nHere is a Swat Valley bread cover \u2013 that \u2013 as the name suggests \u2013 is used to cover bread:\n\nATI-780 from the wovensouls collection\n\n\nBREAD COVER\n\n\u00a0\n\nExtremely fine work!\n\u201cWomen still embroider bread cloths and cushions today\u2026\nIn these embroidered cloths the women express artistic creativity and craft skills. One often has the feeling that they embroider their world onto the bread cloth a little. \u201d \n\u2013 from the fantastic book by Johannes Kalter\nSee more images of this and other Swat pieces here. \n\u00a0\njm\nNov 2015\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Art for Food! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.