Anni Albers was born Annelise Else Frieda Fleishmann in Berlin, Germany, in 1899. In 1922, she applied to the Bauhaus, an experimental art school in Weimar, Germany. After completing the rigorous Bauhaus “Preliminary Course,” Albers entered the Bauhaus’s weaving workshop, the only workshop at the school open to women and studied under Gunta Stölzl. Albers quickly embraced the qualities of the medium and invented a number of innovative fabrics. In 1925, Albers married fellow Bauhausler – and Black Mountain College teacher – Josef Albers.