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by Sheila PAINE

Download Embroidered textiles: traditional patterns from five continents with a worldwide guide to identification epub
ISBN: 050023597X
ISBN13: 978-0500235973
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Sheila PAINE
Language: English
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1st ed. edition (1990)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1423 kb
FB2 size: 1183 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 219
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A wonderful array of world textiles. I'm trying to learn some embroidery skills (skill is stretching it) and I'm totally astounded at the time, skill, artistry, and pure dedication that went into the textiles featured in this book. Looking through all the lovely photographs, you can't help but feel a connection with other women worldwide. It's a nice resource for traditional textile motifs, too, that can be translated into other media.
As a textile collector and as an individual interested in anthropology I found this book full of invaluable insights. A good, clear read, excellent pictures and wonderful research makes this book an excellent reference. If you aren't intensely interested in the history of cultures and their expression in textiles this is not the book for you. If you are interested in such things: I highly reccomend this book.
I love this! ... a more anthropological take on who uses which designs and in what way; all over the world.

This review is for the 1997 paperback version of Embroidered Textiles by Sheila Paine. I have included a bunch of Images above so you can see how richly illustrated this book is. Ms. Paine is highly talented well-traveled lady and has really done her homework. The connections between various peoples is fascinating and what's amazing is that it is displayed in the humdrum and exquisitely elaborate embroidery. The pictures are crystal clear, varied and numerous. You want to reach out and grab that headpiece or graze those bangles with your fingers.

Unfortunately, for all the interesting lore Ms. Paine has discovered, she sees symbolism in everything. I mean everything. Sometimes red is used because it's pretty--not because it represents blood! And she goes overboard on all the talismans needed to ward off the evil eye. Sometimes people like to use things that sparkle because they're pretty--not necessarily to ward off evil spirit! One of the articles above shows the inside hem of a dress with very fancy embroidery. By the time the spirits spotted it, it would be too late! From one village to the next, local customs may dictate what can and cannot be embroidered on a given outfit. But local customs are flexible and whimsy or fancy will rule the day for what embroidery a child does. Patterns and favorite colors of thread on favorite fabric will become common to a given location. This does not mean everyone has started worshipping different gods.

One true fault of the book is that the pictures are not dated and--especially--the articles are not dated. I carefully perused the 3 dense pages of sources of pictures and there barely 3 dozen dates for 171 color photos. It makes a huge difference if an article is 10 years vs. 100 years old. In some circumstances, it makes a difference if they are only a generation or two apart. While there is attribution to many museums, the author's own private collection is sadly lacking in identification. If you presume to be expressly presenting a worldwide guide to identification, then do it completely!

So for beauty of pictures and interesting commentary: 5 stars
For breadth of the topic: 4 stars
For overbroad, almost stereotypical assumptions: 3 stars.
This averages to 4 stars.
Unfortunately, Amazon deleted customer-uploaded images in June 2013
It should be noted that this is an earlier edition of the paperback book "Embroidered Textiles: A World Guide to Traditional Patterns," ISBN 978-0500288580.
This is a good historical reference that ties in the symbolism and religious influences on embroidery. The pictures are wonderful!