Islamic Textiles

From the linens of medieval Egypt to the silks and velvets of the Ottoman empire, textiles produced in the heartlands of the Islamic world have for centuries been highly valued. Whether offered as tribute, worn to express status or belief, or simply bought and sold by merchants and travellers from many countries, textiles have played …

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Indonesian Textiles

An illustrated guide and survey to traditional and modern Indonesian textile design.

The Book of Looms: A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present

The handloom–often no more than a bundle of sticks and a few lengths of cordage–has been known to almost all cultures for thousands of years. Eric Broudy places the wide variety of handlooms in their historical context. What influenced their development? How did they travel from one geographic area to another? Were they invented independently …

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Woven Structures: A Guide to Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis

Marla Mallett’s Woven Structures presents, for the first time, meticulously detailed descriptions of knotted pile and flatwoven structures that not only identify weaving techniques but the design characteristics they encourage.  Selvage and end finishes, often given short shrift, receive special attention. As an added bonus, every point she makes is illuminated by marvelously clear photographs …

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Arts and Crafts of Thailand

Textiles, probably the best-known example of Thailand’s traditional crafts, form only part of the rich assortment of creative products and techniques presented in Arts and Crafts of Thailand. Over 175 spectacular full-color photographs showcase a wide variety of handicrafts, including baskets, earthenware, water dippers, shimmering silk fabrics, fine silverware, lacquerware, jewelry, furniture, wood carvings, and …

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Printed and Dyed textiles from Africa

This book is a visual feast, illustrating the richness and diversity of the African textile tradition, and providing designers at all levels with inspiration for their own work. Over 30 textiles from The British Museum’s renowned collection are explored in detail: magnificent blue-and-white, indigo-resist-dyed cloths from West Africa; multi-coloured, tie-dyed and woven North African textiles; …

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Byways in Handweaving

The textile techniques described in this book offer the hand weaver a variety of extremely ancient techniques, leading back to the dawn of history. Few have been adequately described elsewhere; none require large or elaborate equipment.