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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; Reprint edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588343073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588343079
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

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.

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By NIC on June 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent textile history survey and a welcome addition to any costume/textile library. However, the changes the publishers have made in producing this edition are deplorable (check the dimensions in the product specs). The book is much smaller than the original edition and difficult to handle when one is reading and taking notes. The font is miniscule, probably about 6 point, and makes reading difficult and unenjoyable. The illustrations - which in the older edition are wonderful - are scaled down to such a small size that their impact and usefulness is diminished considerably. Publishers should keep in mind when they are making changes in format to cut costs that the reader's experience does not suffer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Andrews on April 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had to buy this book for a world textiles survey course, but it's interesting and useful enough that it will definitely be staying on my reference shelf for many years. Each chapter provides a good overview of the history and tradition of textiles in many parts of the world, and there are enough pictures to keep it interesting. However, my main complaint is the size of the book-- many pictures of excellent textile examples should have been given much more space, and the text is pretty tiny. The book is full of good information though; just be prepared for headaches or tired eyes if you spend too much time reading it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
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Editor Jennifer Harris at the time of publication, Deputy Director and Curator of Textiles at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England.

To describe this book would take a book. It covers different textiles from ancient societies to present day. There are twenty-four experts that describe not only techniques but the meaning of the art in each culture. My favorite section is the first chapter that shows different types of looms. I was a little disappointed not to find any drafts; however the book is concentrating on culture.

This book also has a list of further reading and an extensive glossary.

The color plates alone are worth the purchase price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Merry Go Girl on June 3, 2013
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I was so excited to get this text in the mail but my Gosh, I can't read it without a magnifying glass! Seriously folks, there's nothing wrong with my eyes, but there will be if I try to read this tiny microscopic font! What the heck were these publishers thinking? I will be searching for the next size up, but don't waste your time on this edition unless you plan to decorate your bookshelf with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqualyn Saunders on September 30, 2008
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As a textile artist and a researcher in weaving,this book was recommended by several people. When I got it, I was amazed at the depth of the detail and yet how interestingly it was written. All too frequently, reference works are dry and unappealing, but that's not something you can about this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Dreyer on January 7, 2009
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This contains very small print and few color photos which is necessary for this so you might want the larger version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2012
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Editor Jennifer Harris at the time of publication, Deputy Director and Curator of Textiles at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, England.

To describe this book would take a book. It covers different textiles from ancient societies to present day. There are twenty-four experts that describe not only techniques but the meaning of the art in each culture. My favorite section is the first chapter that shows different types of looms. I was a little disappointed not to find any drafts; however the book is concentrating on culture.

This book also has a list of further reading and an extensive glossary.

The color plates alone are worth the purchase price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Aigbe on December 22, 2013
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Rich Resources. The print needed to be made bigger-enlarged in next edition. We'll packaged and colorful. Good for art students
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