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Trasposizioni by House of Ita ©Paolo Abate


Contemporary tapestries exploring the multifaceted world of femininity in North Macedonia: that is Trasposizioni, the tapestry art by the textile artist and designer Margarita

(Ita) Aleksievska Sclavi, aka House of Ita, created following her a love for unconventional relationships and an aptitude for arrangement, for combining layers, materials, and fabrics that interact and interplay.

In keeping with the multi-ethnic allure, her works take its cue from the North Macedonian roots of the artist, who uses traditional Slavic-Macedonian women’s clothing of Byzantine as a raw material. The women traditionally produced their dresses by hand, creating subtle variations that would embellish an otherwise ordinary item of clothing, which denoted the regional and cultural affiliation of the wearer.

Trasposizioni was born from the desire to subjectively reinterpret these high-quality garments in a contemporary key, and to give them new meanings and functions. Margarita deconstructed and reassembled them at will, investigating their unexpressed potential, and transforming it into an unexpected tapestry.

In the re-elaborated textures, fragments of clothing, shreds of sleeves, collars, embroidery, and ribbons are intertwined with gold, bronze, and silver leaves, and folkloric ornaments hand-painted by the artist.

Photography ©Paolo Abate (@paolo_abate)