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World Textiles : A Concise History - Mary Schoeser

World Textiles

A Concise History

Paperback Published: 17th June 2003
ISBN: 9780500203699
Number Of Pages: 224

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From the earliest needles of 25,000 years ago to techno textiles used in Space Shuttle parachutes today, textiles have been fundamental to human existence and achievements, and have informed developments in other areas from agriculture to metallurgy. Textiles are global commodities, common to every culture and for a long time the motivation for trade, the exchange of ideas, and sometimes even conflict. Silks from China, carpets from Persia, ikats from Indonesia, cottons from India, fine linens from Flanders--each of these has helped to shape the modern world. This groundbreaking book surveys, from prehistory to the early twenty-first century, how textiles are made, what they are made from, how they function in society, the ways in which they are valued and given meaning, and the messages they contain. The author shows the intricate relationships between different cultures' textile traditions and demonstrates the significance of the materials we all take for granted in our everyday lives.

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'It is difficult to think of a valid reason why anyone with an interest in textiles should not obtain a copy' - Textiles
'Well written and comprehensive, the wealth of beautiful illustrations in World Textiles makes it hard to put down' - The Lecturer

Introductionp. 7
Prehistoric Materials and Techniquesp. 10
The Dye and Loom Age c. 3000-400 BCp. 28
Trade and Trends 750 BC to AD 600p. 50
Church and State AD 600-1500p. 74
Western Ideas and Styles Dispersed 1300-1900p. 90
Oriental Influences 1450-1900p. 112
Surface Patterning from Indigo to Ikat 600-1900p. 134
The Importance of Cotton and Linen 1500-1950p. 156
New Technology 1600-2000p. 176
The Art of Textiles 1850-Todayp. 194
Glossaryp. 214
Acknowledgments for Illustrations
Geographical Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780500203699
ISBN-10: 0500203695
Series: World of Art
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17th June 2003
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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