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In a balanced world, it’s cooperation, not competition that is valued. This approach guided the authors of the WERANDA kilim, which was created by Splot and designed by Zofia Strumiłło. It blends Podlasie aesthetics, Ukrainian craftsmanship, wool from Kowary, and traditions from Gliniany, bringing together that which is local, because Splot connects. WERANDA kilim have received a MUST HAVE award in 2022 The 'must have' plebiscite has been organized by Łódź Design Festival since 2011 to honor the best innovations by Polish designers and manufactures. I participated in every edition of the plebiscite and have received number of awards during Łódź Design Festival since the very first edition of the festival.

Zofia Strumiłło talks about WERANDA:

“The Podlasie region’s wooden architecture is characterized by its beautiful ornaments, colorful graphic motifs and the unique rhythms of veranda divisions. Most of them consist of rectangular and triangle-shaped forms. The pattern, which I designed, is predominantly composed of diamond and rectangle figures, which I later defragmented and placed on a „flowing” gradient background. The technique of creating a kilim offers extraordinary possibilities by virtue of its limitations. In the Weranda kilim, I tried to use them and emphasize them through repetition and the chosen color scheme.”

Splot is a polish brand that offers hand woven kilims, which are created in Bobowa near Cracow and Gliniany outside the Ukrainian city of Lviv using historical and contemporary designs. The brand SPLOT originated in Poland’s Podlasie region. It produces handcrafted furniture inspired by tradition, but filled with modern design.

What do Splot and SPLOT have in common?

They both share a love for design, respect for local artistry traditions and craftsmanship as well as a name that coincidentally, or by a twist of fate, sprung up in the minds of their founders Zofia Strumiłło and Przemek Cepak.

Przemek Cepak talks about WERANDA:

“The kilim WERANDA was woven in Gliniany, a town in western Ukraine, some 50 km east of Lviv, where, since the second half of the 19th century, the largest kilim weaving center in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia operated, and later, in the independent Republic of Poland. It is an extraordinary place, where for over 150 years, it has drawn creative people identifying as Ukrainians, Poles and Jews, or somewhere in between these identities. The kilim Weranda is not only a step towards the town’s future, but also a turn towards its past, its deepest roots. Zenovia Szulga, a professor at the Lviv National Academy of Art, with over fifty years of experience in working with tapestry, is the person responsible for interpreting Zofia’s design into the kilim we see today.”

Several stories intertwine in the Weranda kilim. One is about taking inspirations from the merging of Podlasie region’s wooden porches with Ukrainian craftsmanship, another the sensitiveness represented by two different generations of artists, the designer Zofia Strumiłło and the creator of the technical design - Zena Szulga. The contemporary design aesthetics of a glitch and the ancient medium of textile weaving are intertwined, the computer and the loom are closely entwined. After a moment of reflection, it becomes clear that both Podlasie and Ukraine understand the kilim as a medium, that these female artists from different countries share the language of art, that the loom and the computer have the same binary principle. Instead of opposites, we prefer to see connections, because SPLOT / Splot connects.

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