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Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan Landscape Paperback – January 16, 2013

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ashmolean Museum (January 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854442686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854442680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark this catalogue from a recent show of extremely rare Japanese textiles designed solely for Western markets a rare achievement. Production values were so rigorous for this volume that a reader comes as close as possible to sensing the depth and irregular surfaces of textiles. (Norman Weinstein ArchNewsNow.com)

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Hiroko T. McDermott is an independent researcher. Clare Pollard is the Curator of Japanese art, Ashmolean Museum.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CR on February 25, 2013
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What more can I say about this book other than it is delicious? Full color glossy photos of exquisite creations are packed into this hefty paperback edition. It sits happily in my research library, inviting me to pick it up again and leaf through it. Several of the closeup photos are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. There's plenty of written information as well, not just pretty pictures. A valuable resource for those who study Asian textiles, Meiji era history, embroidery, goldwork, and embellishment. And really, what less would you expect from the Ashmolean Museum? Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane in Milwaukee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2013
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I guess I can fill out the info from the other reviewer about this book. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is one of the foremost English museums for important historic textiles, perhaps second only to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Clare Pollard, the curator of Japanese art partnered with Hiroko T. McDermott to write this book in reference to a new exhibition at the Ashmolian, the title of the book. This exhibition was concurrent with a new collection of these textiles in the Kiyomizu-Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto, Japan. The Meiji period in Japan was from 1868 to 1912. Thus, it was fitting for the centenary to be celebrated by the new exhibit in 2012 which led to the publication of this book.

There was an explosion of interest in Europe and the U.S. of Japanese-designed household and art items during this period. This exhibit is restricted to the most gorgeous, rare and expensive textiles: the magnificent and intricate embroideries gracing everything from hand-held fans to large room-sized screens like that shown on the covers of the book.

The contents include a Foreword each from both of the directors of the two museums and then a Preface by the two authors. Then follow 6 chapters which are essays richly illustrated with pictures--and often extreme close-ups--of the embroideries. Many, many whole pages are one picture which extends to the edge of the border-less pages. Then follows the Catalogue of all the textiles, tapestries and embroideries. It's interesting to me that there is a whole section on "Oshi-E" which is wadded paper or dyed and painted silk with is pasted onto a board and forms a padded relief design. Such detail!! There's a huge bibliography which appears to include about half Japanese and half English titles.
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