Traditional Textiles of Cambodia
Cultural Threads and Material Heritage
Hardcover ISBN: 1932476067
The beautiful photographs show why Cambodian textiles may be regarded as works of art in Western terms, but Green's scholarly text goes deep into the fabric of Cambodian life to explain the essential role that textiles and costume play in tradition, society, and religious practice. She places the evolution of the textiles into the context of significant events from the Angkorian period forward and explains weaving and decorative processes, tools, implements, and meanings from the preparation of silk to the wearing of costumes for classic and rural dance. Green is a scholar and curator based in Australia whose 2002 master's thesis at the Australian National U. looked at the origins of Cambodian textile and costume. Oversize: 8.75x11.3. Annotation
History. Pattern. Technique. Identification
Hardcover ISBN: 0500511381
The dhurriefor centuries a widely used floor covering in Indiais becoming increasingly popular in Western decoration. Its striking colors and the powerful simplicity and variety of its designs are the perfect accompaniment to twenty-first-century interiors. Just as the great wave of enthusiasm for kilims in the last twenty years ended forever the hegemony of the oriental carpet, these cotton flatweaves are repeatingand to an extent replacingthe sales success of the kilim. This is the first thorough guide to the dhurrie, incorporating over 240 examples, most specially photographed. Each design pattern, whether of main field or border, figurative or geometric, is carefully analyzed and illustrated. Materials, spinning, dyeing, and the techniques of weaving are clearly explained, and there is a map, a glossary, a select bibliography, and an index. The history of the dhurrie stretches from the Ajanta cave paintings to the present day, and readers will see here the earliest surviving dhurrie, from the seventeenth century, originally in the Amber Palace in Rajasthan. No one is better placed than Nada Chaldecott to trace this history from the royal workshops of the Mughals and the Maharajahs, to impressive local cottage industries, and even the workshops attached to state penitentiaries. For collectors and would-be collectors, for textiles aficionados and for everyone interested in a vital source of ideas for design and color, Dhurries is indispensable. 265 illustrations, 248 in color.
Silks For Thrones and Altars
Paperback ISBN: 2951883617
SILKS FOR THRONES AND ALTARS presents 77 Chinese textiles from the 14th through the 18th century, divided into three groups. The first group consists of clothing and furnishing fabrics made for and used by the ruling elite of China. Regardless of their dates or the ethnic origins of various dynastic rulers, these trappings of nobility served the political and social goals of those in power. The second group contains Chinese silks found beyond the borders of the empire, specifically in Tibet, Japan, and Western Europe. The presence of Chinese luxury in a foreign context, whether the result of commerce or diplomacy, affected local ideas of status and prestige. The last group presents textiles made for Taoist and Buddhist liturgical use. Within the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and Japan, secular textiles found new uses without losing the prestige with which they had originally been imbued. A catalog of ancient silks and robes from the collection of Myrna and Samuel Myers. Includes full-page color plates of all the pieces.