Olga Deineko, Nikolai Troshin Kak khlopok sittsem stal (How Cotton Becomes Calico) 1929

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 North The Philip Johnson Galleries

Starting with the harvest of raw cotton in the deserts of Turkistan, and ending with the delivery of bales of brightly patterned calico to cooperative stores in the Soviet Union, this book guides young readers through the complex industrial processes of mechanized textile production. Simple language and colorful, descriptive illustrations are used to emphasize the colossal scale of Soviet industry, conjuring up the din of clattering looms and visions of steaming vats of bleach and chemical dyes.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020
Olga Deineko, Nikolai Troshin
Illustrated book
page (each): 8 7/8 × 7 11/16" (22.6 × 19.6 cm); overall (closed): 8 7/8 × 7 11/16 × 1/8" (22.6 × 19.6 × 0.3 cm)
Molodaia gvardiia, Moscow
Gift of The Judith Rothschild Foundation
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