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5,000 Years of Textiles

Jennifer Harris

Paperback

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Description

5,000 Years of Textiles is an authoritative reference and a visual delight, with examples from the Far East to the Americas, from Africa to Scandinavia, and from Egyptian artifacts dating from 3000 BC to the most up-to-date modern craftwork and furnishings.  The new coffee table format is larger (8 1/2 x 10 3/4), and more beautiful than before. The book includes an expert guide to nine fundamental textile techniques, from rug weaving and tapestry to felt and bark cloth. Each is clearly explained, using line drawings and close-up color details from actual textiles, to show how people from many different traditions have made and decorated cloth through the centuries. The breathtaking wealth of illustrations drawn from major collections all over the world includes costumes, period interiors, archival photographs, and a vast range of fabrics, from the simplest handwoven cloths to sumptuous brocades and exquisite embroidery.



Praise For 5,000 Years of Textiles

“Two dozen experts give top of the line treatment to the history of techniques.”—Washington Post

“Covers time with a breathtaking visual impact.”—Antiques Magazine

“Beautifully illustrated with period interiors and archive photographs.”—Period Living

“Splendidly illustrated survey of world textile art.”—Hali magazine

Smithsonian Books, 9781588343079, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011



About the Author

Jennifer Harris is deputy director and curator of textiles at Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. She lives in the UK. Additional contributors are drawn from the British Museum, British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, and elsewhere.