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World Textiles: A Visual Guide to Traditional Techniques

World Textiles: A Visual Guide to Traditional Techniques

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By (author) John Gillow, By (author) Bryan Sentance

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 278mm x 18mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500282471
  • ISBN 13: 9780500282472
  • Illustrations note: 778 illustrations, 551 in colour
  • Sales rank: 82,114

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All textiles epitomize the cultures that make them, from the silk brocade saris of India to North American patchwork quilts. Interestingly, societies separated by vast distances have developed similar solutions to design and construction while producing a dazzling diversity of styles. This is the first book to illustrate (in nearly 800 sumptuous colour photographs and drawings) the whole range of traditional handmade textiles from all over the globe, classified by materials and technique rather than age or country. Eight sections cover all aspects of production, each giving a summary of characteristics, making and geographical distribution. Every kind of textile is covered: non-loom and loom-woven, painted and printed, dyed, sewn, embroidered and embellished. Completed by a glossary, further reading and information on collections with public access, this is an unrivalled guide for anyone interested in collecting or making and designing textiles.

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Author information

John Gillow has written widely on ethnic textiles and other crafts. His publications include Traditional Indian Textiles (with Nicholas Barnard), Traditional Indonesian Textiles and, most recently, African Textiles. Bryan Sentance, an inveterate traveller and educator in the field of arts and crafts, is author of Basketry and (with John Gillow) of World Textiles.

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"'Generously illustrated and engaging... excellent' - The World of Interiors; 'Extremely valuable... I would recommend it unconditionally' - Hali"

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Materials; 2. Non-Loom Textiles; 3. Loom-Woven Textiles; 4. Painted and Printed Textiles; 5. Dyes; 6. Sewing; 7. Embroidery; 8. Embellishment Glossary; Further reading; Collections; Index