P A T R I Æ /ˈpa‧trēī / [Latin] Fatherlands, homelands. Related: generation, ancestry, descent, tribe, family, natural habitat.
P A T R I Æ is a collection of antique homespun, handwoven hemp and linen textiles, and original goods crafted from them, sourced in founder Barbara Pisch’s homeland in Central/Eastern Europe. Woven between the early-19th and mid-20th centuries, these durable organic textiles are rich with individual stories of family-based village farming, indigenous heritage crafts, and traditional women’s work. Historically each family in this region harvested their own hemp and flax, spun them into threads, then wove them into fabrics that were handsewn into clothes and other items such as towels, tablecloths, pillows, bedding, grain sacks, and wagon covers.
The original goods in the P A T R I Æ collection are designed to highlight the character of each fabric, and continue in the tradition of local production, handcraft, and utilitarian design. Worn grainsacks, sheets, and other historic items are re-purposed into functional pieces, each handmade in-house at the P A T R I Æ studio in Asbury Park, NJ.
“The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world, but also into a better one.” – Walter Benjamin, 'The Arcades Project'