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Traditional Textiles of Central Asia


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Introduction * 1. The History and Motifs * 2. The Materials and Dyes 3. Felts, Weavings and Dress * 4. Applied Decoration

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A spectacularly illustrated survey of the vivid and romantic textile traditions of Central Asia

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Janet Harvey has travelled extensively in Central Asia, studying at first hand the making and uses of the textiles so central to the lifestyle of the region.


Both of these works exemplify the craftsmanship of highly skilled weavers in Central Asia and provide insight into the lives and culture of various ethnic groups. The "Introduction and Survey" section of Turkoman, an English translation of Jourdan's renowned German work, gives a brief yet detailed overview of the background and characteristics of nomadic Turkoman tribal weaving, including the techniques, influences, and symbolic and ritualistic meaning of various designs. There is also a brief section on collecting Turkoman rugs and pricing trends. The major portion of this work is a catalog of different regional types of pile weaving. Each rug, illustrated by color photograph in full view, is given a brief description and a literature citation stemming from the bibliography. While geared to specialists in the field, this work could help lay readers develop an appreciation of the Turkoman tradition of weaving. Collector and dealer Harvey focuses on a broader aspect of nomadic weaving, that of fabrics and applied decorative works. The four chapters of this colorful volume highlight not only the historical or traditional materials and designs in weavings but also more contemporary aspects of clothing. The opening chapter describes the history of the region and that of the various trade routes between Europe and China. The second chapter focuses on various types of materials and traditional dye sources and dyeing. The third chapter highlights the diversity of weaving, from covers and hangings to knitted and crocheted works. The last chapter is devoted to the various ways traditional fabrics can be enhanced through embroidery, block-printing, and fabric painting. Both works should be popular among textile enthusiasts and should be purchased for collections specializing in decorative arts.‘Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City

'An essential acquisition for every textile enthusiast' - Hali
'Authoritative and beautifully illustrated' - Interior Design
'Fascinating ... generously illustrated ... combines an impressive sociocultural juxtaposition with a practical approach to this region's romantic textile tradition' - Antiques Magazine

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