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The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut: Assuit - Asyut - Tulle Bi Telli Paperback – October 18, 2014
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This book is solid research--thank you Dawn for writing it!
It is chock full of the origin and history of this beloved and highly prized fabric. A 'Must Read'!
And then, to make it better, Dawn has added sections on modern usage, a chapter on how to repair and sew this challenging fabric, and patterns to make various costume styles for the readers who are fortunate enough to find pieces of this fabric.
Egypt has had a upsurge in making it again. It seemed gone for decades, and the only pieces to be found usually were exorbitant in price. Egypt began re-crafting it, but in a stingy manner regarding amount of silver threads used. However, once they saw how eagerly American dancers began buying it (and fussing at the paucity of silver on the net), they got the message and began making it again as it was done originally, heavily covered in the silver threads.
If you're looking for history, beautiful costume pieces, how-to's for sewing, or just curious, this is a magnificent book and should be in your library!