Incompatibles (Unitas) is made from discarded samples of the yarns that are exported from Croatia and not actually available in the local market. The textile industry in former Yugoslavia has essentially closed down under pressure from Indian and Chinese industries and as a result of the botched privatization of once state-owned factories. There is only one factory remaining in Zagreb producing these yarns. Certain colors are only available on the export market and it is these that Hana Miletic uses here, a political gesture pointing out the inequity of the system. These relics of a bygone industry represent both memory and the loss of work under a new political system, one which impacted older women workers most heavily.
Miletic’s interest in weaving has matured into a highly politicized activity as well as a one that implicates body and mind. The artist sees weaving as a labor which moves from head to hand and back again.
The design of Incompatibles (Unitas) resembles the utopian abstract works of the 1930s although they were not in her mind as she made it. Rather the process was to use the yarns in the order in which they came out of the bag and to make each rectangle as large as the amount of the yarn permitted. Thus the design is really quite random but determined by a systematic process. Miletic also recognizes their resemblance to Bauhaus type images.