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Batik: Design, Style, & History
Batik
Design, Style, & History
Paperback      ISBN: 0500284776

Every aspect of batik is rich in symbolism: its colors, motifs, and designs, as well as the way it is made, folded, and worn. Formerly a family and tribal signifier, and then a symbol of Indonesian independence and identity, it is now a fabric in demand all over the world. Fiona Kerlogue explores the origins of batik in the Indonesian archipelago; the materials and methods of production; regional traditions and differences; motifs and symbolism, including Malay, Chinese, and Islamic meanings; modern influences, such as industrialization, war, and independence; batik as traditional and modern costume; and batik as an art form. An illustrated index of motifs and their meanings, glossary, bibliography, and international listing of batik collections complete this authoritative yet accessible work.

Metallic Textile Designs
Metallic Textile Designs
Paperback      ISBN: 0764306359

They're hot, they're shiny, and they're oh-so-glamorous. The mettle of movie star wardrobes, the spark that lights brides' eyes, and the flash that marks music videos-metallic fabrics have defined glamour for half a century. This book revisits metallics past, with historic fabric swatches from Europe and Japan dating back to the 1950s, and takes us to today's top European couture houses in a visual exploration of metallics' allure. In all, 237 pictures will provide inspiration for designers and insight for fashion historians.

Weaving: Contemporary Makers
Weaving
Contemporary Makers
Hardcover      ISBN: 141973380x

Weaving is an ancient craft with a fascinating history, and one that keeps evolving. Today it is being adopted and reinvented by makers in cities all over the world. From rugs and wall hangings to artistic installations and subversive interventions, contemporary expressions of the craft are as diverse as they are numerous. A feast for the eye, this book celebrates contemporary weaving and its makers, presenting a carefully curated selection of weavers alongside a rare glimpse into their worlds. In six in-depth and thematic essays, design expert and journalist Katie Treggiden explores the craft, its history, and the many faces of its current revival.

Handmade Carpet: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Rugs
Handmade Carpet
A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Rugs
Hardcover      ISBN: 1898113637

- For the first time, a lavishly illustrated book shows how traditional handmade rugs and carpets have become vehicles for contemporary trends and used in interior design and home decoration - The authors' work in journalism and rug production over the last fifty years equips them with the experiences of the travel writer and the specialist knowledge of leaders in the global rug market - The developments in the weaving industry in India, Iran, Turkey, China, Turkmenistan, Morocco, Pakistan and Afghanistan are reviewed as well as the historical and cultural context for change in a book that shines a light on the contemporary rug market in the 21st century The handmade rug industry has gone through a revolution in the last twenty-five years, and no one is better placed to explain how and why than Fritz Langauer and Ernst Swietly, who have been buying, making, collecting and writing about rugs for over fifty years. Rugs are now being made in colors and designs unimagined just a few decades ago. This new book is the only title available that shows how carpet making has changed in all traditional rug making nations as well as demonstrating through images of rugs in interior settings how the style and use of rugs has changed. Carpets carry many unspoken narratives about peoples and places - this new book reveals some of these for the first time thanks to the first-hand experience of the authors in the souks and bazars of the Middle East.

In Search of the World's Finest Wools
In Search of the World's Finest Wools
Hardcover      ISBN: 1770858474

In Search of the World's Finest Wools is a photographic search around the world to find the finest wools available and to meet the dedicated people who care for the animals and harvest the raw wool. From this precious commodity comes the unsurpassed wools used around the world.

An ethnographic marriage of stunning imagery and authoritative text, the book reveals the nature of the animals, the lives of the farmers and nomadic shepherds that care for them, and the cultures and traditions that have enriched wool-producing societies for centuries, including the use of wool in traditional costume and for utility.

In Search of the World's Finest Wools explores these wool-producing regions:

  • Greenland -- Qiviut, the wool of the musk ox. From the stone age comes the rarest and most precious of all wools, a wool "so subtle with qualities somewhere between the luster of silk and the softness of cashmere" and a thermal quality eight times that of sheep's wool hardcover with jacket
  • Mongolia -- Cashmere goat wool, a wool of "incomparable lightness and softness, yet with an unmatched body and warmth" and a domesticated history dating to 9,000 BCE
  • Kyrgyzstan -- Taewit goat wool, the product of a cross of the Kyrgyz goat with the Orenburg cashmere goat, discovered by the wider world only after the fall of the USSR
  • Ladakh -- Pashmina goat wool, the "prince among Oriental wools" produced by goats that prefer life at 16,000 feet (5,000 m)
  • Scotland -- Shetland sheep wool, its fine guard hairs, the product of 250 days of coastal wind and rain, give superior thermal, wind and moisture resistance
  • Australia and New Zealand -- Merino sheep, the "most noble of all wool breeds", produces the finest of all wools with a fiber as little as 11 microns in diameter
  • South Africa -- Mohair goat wool, not as fine as other wools but its structure gives it softness, strength, elasticity (no creases), and unparalleled luster
  • Peru -- Vicu a wool, once the exclusive preserve of the Inca emperor, almost hunted to extinction in the 1960s, the "princess of the Andes" produces wool that outranks Musk ox and cashmere.

People have used wool in a surprising number of ways for thousands of years, though primarily to keep warm or protect their skin from the sun. The world's wool-producing societies have deep connections to their animals, and anyone who works with wool holds it in the highest esteem for its beautiful practicality.

In Search of the World's Finest Wools is an excellent choice for tailors, knitters, weavers, rug purchasers, travelers and anyone interested in wool crafts, ethnography and culture.

Patterns, Costumes & Stencils
Patterns, Costumes & Stencils
Paperback      ISBN: 0863566790

Patterns, Costumes & Stencils is a reflection of the diverse peoples, cultures, and traditions that have influenced Chant Avedissian's work, from the colorful textiles of Rajasthan and the glazed bricks of Samarkand to Egyptian magazine covers from the 1960s.

Avedissian is an artist who continues to provoke through his iconoclastic images that probe ideas of consumerism, art and propaganda, creativity and copyright, and tradition and modernity.

Chant Avedissian was born in Cairo. His work has been exhibited at the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Tropenmuseum of Amsterdam, the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Gallery of Jordan. His publications include Cairo Stencils (Saqi Books).

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
Phulkari
The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300225903

Exquisite and labor-intensive, phulkari ("floral-work" or "flower-craft") embroideries were originally produced by women in towns and villages across the greater Punjab, a region that today straddles Pakistan and India, from at least the early 19th century into the first decades of the 20th. Phulkaris were made from brightly colored silk thread on rough, earth-toned fabric. When done for domestic use, they functioned primarily as women's wraps at weddings or other important events. Especially following the Punjab's devastating partition in 1947, phulkaris were also produced as commercial exports. Focusing on a group of nineteen stunning works from the collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Phulkari surveys the genre's fascinating history. This is the first publication outside South Asia specifically on this art form. It also offers significant new information on the craft and its importance to personal, familial, and regional identity in the past and the present.

From Fibre to Fabric: The Ultimate Guide to Soft Furnishings
From Fibre to Fabric
The Ultimate Guide to Soft Furnishings
Hardcover      ISBN: 1908337400

This ultimate reference book for everyone involved in interior designer presents the technical knowledge needed to make the right choices. It covers the variety of fabrics available, how fibres are turned into fabrics, and how they are used in the home. The photography will inspire and delight.

Inspired by Endangered Species: Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives
Inspired by Endangered Species
Animals and Plants in Fabric Perspectives
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764357891

Lively, colorful, and skillfully made fabric "portraits" of 182 endangered species bring them to real, vibrant life. Each portrait features fascinating animal and plant facts from rescuers, scientists, conservationists, and more: where they live, what their superpowers are, why they are at risk, and how we can help. Dedicated and passionate people who work to protect endangered species share details of their roles and specialties, the planning behind conservation measures, threats to healthy habitats, and inspiring success stories. This book fosters eco-awareness and responsibility with a hopeful and positive tone, not only educating but inspiring action. A percentage of money earned by the author from the sale of this book will be donated to the Sea Turtle Conservancy and to the WILD Foundation.

Wallpaper in America: From the Seventeenth Century to World War I
Wallpaper in America
From the Seventeenth Century to World War I
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393014487

Richly illustrated with 102 color plates and over 245 black and white photographs, this book is a stunning achievement.