Embroidery From Afghanistan (Fabric Folios)


by Paine, Sheila

Embroidery From Afghanistan (Fabric Folios)

Price:  US$25.41   (SGD33.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 87 pages
Published:  2006, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780714125749
SB#:  041587 (708)

About This Book

This book introduces textiles from Afghanistan from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, the remarkable embroidery of the surrounding regions of Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Baluch, Uzbek and Turkmen is fully illustrated and explored. The illustrated pieces reflect the nomadic heritage of the area. The embroidered items range from dowry goods, holders for precious possessions, costume, items for the home, yurt and domestic animals. The materials and techniques, particularly the intricate stitchwork, are described, and the use of motifs and symbolism explored. The book also explores the impact of political conflict on the creation of embroidery. While women were exempt from schools and employment, embroidery output increased, but since the demise of the Taliban regime, women have enjoyed greater freedoms. The author investigates this theme of tradition and change to present a fascinating overview of this topic. Most of the examples featured here belong to a stunning new collection recently acquired by the British Museum. With glossary, suggested reading list and index.


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