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Embroidery from India and Pakistan
     

Embroidery from India and Pakistan

by Sheila Paine
 

Focusing on over 20 textiles from the British Museum’s fabulous collection, this book explores the wonderful folk embroidery of Indian and Pakistan—in particular the domestic work made by women for their own dowry or family. Illustrated in full and in detail, these richly decorated items—costumes and household textiles—will provide designers at

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Focusing on over 20 textiles from the British Museum’s fabulous collection, this book explores the wonderful folk embroidery of Indian and Pakistan—in particular the domestic work made by women for their own dowry or family. Illustrated in full and in detail, these richly decorated items—costumes and household textiles—will provide designers at all levels with inspiration for new and unexpected ways of using color and pattern in their own work.

In her fascinating introduction the author brings the pieces to life by setting them within their social and cultural context, including information ont he protective and talismanic roles of embroidery and the tribal variations in stitch, pattern, and color. In addition, brief commentaries highlight the design features and a technical glossary supports the main text so you can rely on the book for eye-catching patterns as well as refer to it for specific information.

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The rich tradition of Indian and Pakistani textile embroidery is the subject of this beautifully illustrated book. Paine, an expert in these techniques, provides a detailed essay on the materials and their makers, and the traditions of the different tribes and regions. A catalogue of over 20 textiles from the British Museum follows, with detailed, good-quality color photos. The volume concludes with a glossary, bibliography and index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295981369
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Fabric Folios Series
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Over the years Sheila Paine has made frequent journeys to India and Pakistan. In particular, she has researched and written a book on the chikan embroidery of India, and has spent several seasons of fieldwork in Pakistan, studying embroidery traditions for the University of Milan and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. She is the author of several books and many articles.

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