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Russian Textiles: Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia [Hardcover]

Susan Meller
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1 Sep 2007
"Russian Textiles" showcases the gorgeous cotton textiles that were created and manufactured in Russia and exported to Central Asia from 1850 to 1950. The Muslims in these Central Asian countries - Uzbeks, Tadjiks, Farsi, Turkomans, etc. - incorporated the brightly patterned fabrics into their clothing, particularly the linings of their robes and household items. An introductory essay describes the fascinating history of this influence of Middle Eastern and Western aesthetic styles and is illustrated with vintage photography from the turn of the 20th century as well as images of the robes and other articles that were lined and embellished with the beautiful cloth. More than 150 fantastic patterns from a variety of periods and styles, from late Victorian to Art Nouveau to Art Deco, are featured, making "Russian Textiles" a book every fashion, interior and product designer, craftsperson and artist will want in their inspiration library.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 2 edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810993813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810993815
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 2.2 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautiful book to be cherished for its look as well as its content.
-- Selvedge, September 2008

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Susan Meller is a co-author of Abrams' successful Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period. Meller has worked in the textile industry for more than thirty years and she is a founder of the Design Library in New York, which has one of the largest documentary textile design collections in the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful imagery.... 7 April 2014
By Aneeqa
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I feel in love with this book when I saw it some where else, and I have been dying to get my hands on it. I love everything to do with the history of the silk road etc. and this book has some amazing pictures. perfect for fashion, textile or print students etc.

other than the product it self, it came wrapped nicely, was shipped really fast and good price (much more expensive if bought at a book store.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book 29 Nov 2010
By Ampidog
A fine book on this rather narrow subject. A valuable addition for everybody interested in central asia textiles, ikat, embroidery and costume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RUSSIAN TEXTILES BOOK 21 Jan 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXTRAORDINARY SYNTHESIS 8 Oct 2007
By Eleanor Selling - Published on Amazon.com
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A book that will appeal to history buffs, appreciators of indigenous cultures, and those ready to plunge into viewing page after page of artistically-laid-out photos of visually stunning Central Asian robes and their Russian linings. The opening chapters introduce us to the peoples of Central Asia, the "social life" of cloth, and how the Russian textile industry came to play such an important "undercover" role in the clothing worn by Central Asians.

It is a book that you can leave on your coffee table as a wonderful treat for the eyes, or you can read the text and become that much more knowledgeable about a part of the world which continues to gain in strategic importance day by day.

An extraordinary synthesis, this book makes for a great gift to oneself or others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars extravagantly illustrated 8 Feb 2008
By Stephen B. Rosenfield - Published on Amazon.com
while this extravagantly illustrated compilation of Russian printed fabrics from 1900 to 1950 will be invaluable to both artist and collector, it is a visual delight to the general reader as well. The author skilfully weaves the history of the Cental Asian tribal peoples into the tapestry of mass migration and technology which produced stunning roller and block-printed cotton clothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SPLENDID BOOK 12 Nov 2007
By B. Gasser - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not only visually stunning, it is also a fascinating read. This is the first time that these beautiful and unusual fabrics have been given their due recognition both as designs and as an important part of Russian/Soviet history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Attention to the Lining Fabrics 12 May 2008
By Nancy T. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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As a collector of, and dealer in Central Asian garments, I have long been fascinated by the printed, cotton linings of these garments. Some of the fabrics are so beautiful, that my customers turn the coats inside out, and wear them in reverse. How delightful to find a book on these fabrics. The book shows many different patterns of fabric, as well as a number of coats, turned inside out, to show the wonderful patchwork patterns. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uzbekistan's use of Russian Textiles 27 Jan 2009
By Jan Raymond - Published on Amazon.com
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As a recent traveller on a textile tour throughout Uzbekistan, I had the fortunate experience of meeting textile weavers and sellers. Just seeing the local women in the markets wearing traditional clothes and the array of magnificent silk garments lined with vibrant Russian cottons in museums was a visual feast. The museums throughout Uzbekistan allow you to get up close and personal (no touching) with an amazing exposure to these traditional clothes showing locally woven silks and Russian cottons. Women dressed in traditional clothes are still to be seen picking cotton in the extensive fields. I guess these days are quickly disappearing. The Russian cottons transend the local to international interest. Very good book with excellent representation of Russian cotton designs.
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