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This book focuses on the spectacular embroidery that flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period Arab village women embellished their ceremonial costumes with a variety of materials and techniques: lustrous silk floss embroidery, intricate cord couching, and taffeta and satin patchwork. Embroidery styles varied throughout the country, so that each garment was both a work of art and an expression of village and regional identity. Shelagh Weir ...

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This book focuses on the spectacular embroidery that flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period Arab village women embellished their ceremonial costumes with a variety of materials and techniques: lustrous silk floss embroidery, intricate cord couching, and taffeta and satin patchwork. Embroidery styles varied throughout the country, so that each garment was both a work of art and an expression of village and regional identity. Shelagh Weir outlines the cultural context in which this beautiful work was produced, describes the main types of ornamentation, and explains how and why fashions changed through time. Over twenty pieces are illustrated in full and in detail, with captions identifying their provenances and highlighting their most important aesthetic features. Also provided are a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading. Designers and artists cannot fail to be inspired by the striking colors and patterns of this superb example of human creativity.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780295986609
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Fabric Folios Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelagh Weir was formerly curator for Middle Eastern ethnography at the British Museum. Among her other publications are Spinning and Weaving in Palestine, Palestinian Embroidery, The Bedouin, Palestinian Embroidery, and Palestinian Costume.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Map     23
The design Portfolio     24
Glossary     84
Selected Reading     85
Museum Accession Numbers     86
Acknowledgements     86
Picture Credits     86
Index     87
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