The International Studio Volume 35

The International Studio Volume 35

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... congratulation. The old baskets are in lovely golden browns, dull reds, quiet greens and black, but.some of the new are gleeful in emerald, scarlet and ultra marine. From this it would seem that in some respects the ancient aborigines through their limitations had a distinct advantage. It cannot be argued, however, that inherently their taste was at fault. Of all the baskets, perhaps the loveliest are those wrought by the Indians of the Pomo and Mariposan tribes, though from all sections of the country splendid specimens have come. The Northwestern tribes generally have most patently demonstrated in their basketry the native genius for decoration, though the tribes of other sections have also much fine work to their credit. The process of basketry is interestingly illustrated in the National Museum, and the transition from it to other forms of the textile art graphically set forth. Coiled basketry, which, it will be remembered, is a system of stitching, is seen to lead quite naturally to netting and lace work; and twined basketry, which consists of twisted weft on a fixed warp, sometimes suspended, to weaving in wool. Openwork bags seem to have been the intermediate step in the one case--bark matting in the other. An example is given of one of the most primitive looms--that used by the Chilkat Indians--and several specimens of the blankets woven thereon are shown. The loom is nothing more than two upright sticks supporting a cross bar, on which the warp (in this instance wool of the Rocky Mountain sheep) is suspended. The weft, which is colored, is twined about the warp in the same manner as in basketry, the only shuttle being the skilful fingers of the weaver. The designs of the Chilkat blankets, which are copied from a pattern painted...
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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680774X
  • 9781236807748