An Afternoon with Jon Riis

On Sunday afternoon, November 13, a large TASA group met for a two-hour visit to the home of Jon Riis and Richard Mafong.  Jon showed us a wonderful large antique European tapestry he had recently acquired, several very old Coptic textiles, some interesting rugs, a rare Dida tie-dyed piece from Ivory Coast, a red wool piece that once was used as money, ancient Americas Chancay  weavings, many beautiful Asian embroideries and a plethora of additional intricately woven textiles and shawls.

Descending into Jon’s studio, the group enjoyed seeing many more exquisite fabrics including gold-thread sari weavings, bagru textiles. and double ikat weavings from India.

In addition to the wonderful textiles, the group enjoyed Richard Mafong’s stunning wood and metal sculptural works, Jon’s amazing contemporary beaded tapestries as well as carvings, hats and other unique artifacts from vanishing cultures around the world.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin

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