Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook

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More than 600 fabrics and 700 color illustrations: an authoritative, accessible, and definitive guide to all the textiles available today.
From the earliest weaves uncovered by archaeologists to today’s machine-produced, scientifically advanced fabrics, textiles have had a profound influence on civilization. As technologies change and world economics influence the direction that fashion and textiles take, it is vital that both skills and our ...

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Overview

More than 600 fabrics and 700 color illustrations: an authoritative, accessible, and definitive guide to all the textiles available today.
From the earliest weaves uncovered by archaeologists to today’s machine-produced, scientifically advanced fabrics, textiles have had a profound influence on civilization. As technologies change and world economics influence the direction that fashion and textiles take, it is vital that both skills and our textile vocabulary should be kept alive.
This encyclopaedia is a definitive reference guide to all the major types of fabric in circulation today, from abbot cloth to zibeline. In clear and engaging language, the author describes and illustrates more than 600 of the most important examples, from classic tweeds to state-of-the-art nano fabrics.
Each entry includes a brief definition, informative notes on structure, and a list of uses. More than 700 color illustrations show a fabric’s weave, texture, and other defining characteristics at a glance, and helpful diagrams demonstrate the structure of the most important types of textiles. The book concentrates on textiles in current use, but it also covers obscure or obsolete terms that one might come across—and that might still have something to teach today’s designers, manufacturers, and textile historians.
Each entry is carefully cross-referenced, and the book includes an extensive glossary and bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
“A showstoppingly beautiful annotated compendium of all textiles in use today”
Threads
“Authoritative. An ideal reference guide”
Library Journal
Wilson (London Coll. of Fashion) describes over 600 different fabrics, both contemporary and historical, in this encyclopedic work. Close-up color photographs accompany the entries, allowing the reader clearly to see the textures and patterns of many of the fabrics. Weave and knit diagrams are also provided where appropriate. While written with researchers and designers in mind, amateur crafters will appreciate lists of "end uses" appropriate for the fabric. This comprehensive work is an excellent reference for academic fashion and textile collections, as well as large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500515075
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Wilson is an associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She has worked as a textile designer and continues to design fabrics on a freelance basis.

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