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Embroidered Textiles : A World Guide to Traditional Patterns - Sheila Paine

Embroidered Textiles

A World Guide to Traditional Patterns

Paperback Published: 27th September 2010
ISBN: 9780500288580
Number Of Pages: 240

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The art of embroidery has been practiced for thousands of years. In the West, traditions have been at the mercy of trade and fashion, but in other regions embroidery continues to be rooted in ancient beliefs and superstitions. This beautifully illustrated book examines in detail the fascinating symbolism of the motifs and patterns that give life to these traditional textiles from around the world. The global range is as remarkable as the variety of materials and motifs on display. Each textile--from Sumatran sarong to Ghanaian banner to Native American pouch and Guatemalan trousers--bears its own distinctive designs. The book covers all aspects of the subject: key regional items, cuts, fabrics, stitches, and mythological, religious, and spiritual symbols. Complete with a glossary, a dictionary of stitches, and information on public collections as well as how to collect textiles of one's own, this is an unrivaled guide for anyone interested in textiles, costume, or craft.

'For lovers of embroidery, collectors of stitch, and even artists working in the medium, this study of pattern will provide rich pickings as it explores the symbolism of magic, myth, religion, rites and rituals that intertwine with the meaning of embroidery' - Embroidery

ISBN: 9780500288580
ISBN-10: 0500288585
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 27th September 2010
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 24.13  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.36
Edition Number: 1