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Silken Threads: A History of Embroidery in China,Korea,Japan,and Vietnam Hardcover – 1 Mar 2005


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943308
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 3.8 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,189,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Yang Chung, world-renowned master embroiderer, was born and raised in Korea, where in the mid-1960s she founded The International Embroidery School and established Korea's first vocational embroidery centre. Chung is a leading scholar and expert in the field of East Asian textile arts, and her book The Art of Oriental Embroidery (1979) became the first English-language reference devoted exclusively to the origins and development of silk embroidery in East Asia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Bargh on 12 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is what it says on the cover - a comprehensive history of embroidery in these countries. This heavy weight book is not a light read but fasinating and well worth perceivering with. The colour plates alone are worth the price! The information on techniques is invaluable to any one interested in oriental embroidery.
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Silken Threads: A History of Embroidery in China,Korea,Japan,and Vietnam
This is one of the most inspiring books on embroidery that I have ever seen. The photographic images are stunning and the detail shots are a designer's dream. What strikes me most is that quite a few of the designs look extremely contemporary and the sources have clearly been an inspiration for many Haute Couture collections in recent years. If you love embroidery it is a joy to own but there is so much more than this - the history of military embroidery that it contains is fascinating and the insight into the culture is very interesting. It is worth every penny.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Stunning Beauty 9 Nov 2006
By Cat's Meow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I splurged and ordered this book, and am I glad that I did. It was a jaw-dropping feast for the eyes, and well-worth ever penny spent on it.

The photographs are absolutely amazing, the details are brought to light

exceptionally well, and the text illuminates this Asian craft world just

perfectly.

One of the best features of this volume is that one can readily SEE in detail the various works of the needleworker's arts from each timeper-

iod, providing as an added bonus, inspiration for one's own embroidery.

I highly recommend this book, for needleworkers and designers and for

the aficionado of handwork arts.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Textile Treasures - a review by Jocelyn Chatterton. 2 May 2006
By Mrs. J. M. Chatterton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive account of East Asian embroidery is a must for any textile collector. Beautifully illustrated throughout and wonderfully informative it educates and feasts the eye. The photographic details are very clear and provide a good indication of the different textures. There is also a useful, fully comprehensive bibliography encouraging further exploration of this fascinating subject.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Silken Threads reviewed by Marilyn Gardner Hamburger 17 Mar 2006
By Robert J. Hamburger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Silken Threads is real winner ! Collectors, Asian Art scholars ,and Costume designers ,both fashion and theater,will find this book an indispensable reference work in the field of East Asian embroidered textile and costume. What this book is NOT is a "how-to" on embroidery.

Dr.Chung gives a comprehensive history of the evolution of East Asian embroidery and the significant contributions it has made to the cultural history of the region. The influence of China and the dissemination of Chinese techniques , motifs and artistic convention on other regions in East Asia are thoroughly discussed. The author examines in depth a wide variety of embroidered costume ,accessories,household furnishings and religious textiles.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of this book,and there are many,is its pioneering effort in the field of Vietnamese textiles and

costume,a subject largely ignored before this publication .

Silken Threads is a exemplary production of scholarship,beautifully illustrated and completely documented .Dr.Chung's grasp of her subject represents the culmination of many years of extensive research by a leading authority on East Asian embroidered textiles .
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Silken Threads reviewed by Judith Rutherford 23 Mar 2006
By Down Under - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Silken Threads leads the reader through a wonderful journey charting the evolution of the embroidery of the East Asian region.

Dr. Chung apart from being a Master Embroiderer, and probably the only women in the word who has had a Museum named after her in her native Korea, is also a well respected Art Historian. This is not a "how to" book but a serious study of the history and art as it relates to the embroidery of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

It is well illustrated and reflects the many years of study that Dr. Chung has spent researching this absorbing area of study.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
IF YOU LOVE FIBER ARTS 21 Dec 2007
By Carolee1945 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I discovered this book at the library, renewed it several times, and then decided I just had to have it. I love fiber arts. The work from the countries of Asia stupefies the mind with its intricacy, delicacy, and sheer beauty. The book explains the meanings of many of the designs and weaves history with aesthetics. The author is an accomplished needle artist herself.
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