Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe

Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe

by Deb Brandon


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Handmade textiles are personal, no matter where in the world they're created, and these photos and explanations of 25 diverse world cultures' techniques vividly share the details. Take a voyage through these pages and see how today's artisans continue to create traditional fiber arts with age-old methods. Blending well-researched information, engaging style, and inspiration, the pages explore espadrilles, flatwoven rugs, mittens, voudou flags, mirror embroidery, and the histories they hold. This open-eyed approach will appeal to textile devotees, from the casually curious to professional artists, and to people who are interested in heritage crafts and diverse cultures. Brandon has written for more than a decade for WARP (Weave a Real Peace), a nonprofit networking organization whose members are dedicated to improving the quality of life of textile artisans in communities in need.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764356506
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/28/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 640,421
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Deb Brandon is a respected textile artist and enthusiast, a writer, and a speaker. She is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon Universityand is also a member of WARP (Weave a Real Peace).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 10

1 Morocco: Berber Flatweave 13

2 Hungary: Matyó Embroidery 19

3 Japan: Gyotaku (Fish Printing) 23

4 China: Miao Shiny Cloth 29

5 Pakistan: Ajrakh Block Printing 37

6 Estonia: Handknit Mittens 43

7 China: Miao Pleated Skirts 49

8 Philippines: Piña Cloth 53

9 India: Zari Brocade 59

10 India: Patan Patola 65

11 Bhutan: Backstrap Weaving 71

12 Scotland: Kilt Hose 79

13 Panama: Molas 83

14 Thailand: Hmong Paj Ntaub (Story Cloth) 91

15 Zimbabwe: Sadza Batik 95

16 Ghana: Kente Cloth 101

17 Ghana: Adinkra Cloth 109

18 Haiti: Vodou Flags 115

19 India: Shisha Embroidery 121

20 India: Bandhani 125

21 India: Laheria 131

22 Arabian Peninsula: Bedouin Weaving 137

23 Bangladesh: Kantha Embroidery 143

24 Spain: Espadrilles 149

25 Peru: Three-Dimensional Embroidery 155

About WARP 158

Index 159

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