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The Art of the Loom: Weaving Spinning and Dyeing Across the World Hardcover – Mar 1990


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns (Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847811476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847811472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,557,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colourful and sometimes complex textiles are still produced in many parts of the world using only the simplest tools and equipment. This book focuses on eight areas of special interest -Navaho weaving in North America; Bedouin textiles in the Middle East; West African narrow-strip weaving; Indonesian textiles; "kasuri" resist dyeing in Japan; inlay weaving in Nepal; brocaded motifs from Guatemala; and Peruvian tapestry weaving - and describes the fibres used, the methods of spinning and dyeing, the types of loom and the techniques of weaving. Examples of the best textiles from each area are supplemented with numerous photographs of spinners, weavers and dyers at work, and diagrams showing how the various effects are achieved. As well as providing students and anthropologists with a valuable insight into working methods in a wide variety of traditional communities, this book and the textiles it illustrates should be an endless source of ideas and inspiration for practising weavers. First published in 1989, this paperback edition has been revised and updated. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
This fact packed book has plenty to say. It is not really a how-to book but you will find some drafts that you can take straight to the loom. There are many other tips that can directly apply to your skills. However, this book is primarily a travel book; we are carried through different cultures to see how the are similar:
North America -The Navajo
The Middle East - the Bedouin
West Africa - Narrow-strip weaving
South-East Asia - Indonesian Textiles
East -Asia, the Islands of Japan - Kasuri resist dyeing
South Asia - Inlay weaving of Nepal
Central America - Brocaded motifs from Guatemala
South America - Peruvian tapestry weaving

There are many dolor pictures of finished product with descriptions of what you are looking at. There are also many diagrams and hand drawn images.

I am just getting into dying and still using Kool-Aid. However, for people interested in colors in general and who find this book interesting I suggest you read "A perfect Red".

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
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Beautiful and Inspiring 13 Nov 2003
By Katroshka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Art of the Loom is really inspirational for a beginning weaver like myself. There are beautiful color and black and white photographs of stunning pieces from around the world and throughout time, and people weaving on many different types of traditional looms. There are also illustrations explaining how much of the weaving is done, although many of them were difficult for me to digest as I am brand new at weaving. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in traditional and multi-cultural weaving.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Across the world and across time 6 Feb 2010
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This fact packed book has plenty to say. It is not really a how-to book but you will find some drafts that you can take straight to the loom. There are many other tips that can directly apply to your skills. However, this book is primarily a travel book; we are carried through different cultures to see how the are similar:
North America -The Navajo
The Middle East - the Bedouin
West Africa - Narrow-strip weaving
South-East Asia - Indonesian Textiles
East -Asia, the Islands of Japan - Kasuri resist dyeing
South Asia - Inlay weaving of Nepal
Central America - Brocaded motifs from Guatemala
South America - Peruvian tapestry weaving

There are many dolor pictures of finished product with descriptions of what you are looking at. There are also many diagrams and hand drawn images.

I am just getting into dying and still using Kool-Aid. However, for people interested in colors in general and who find this book interesting I suggest you read "A perfect Red".

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
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A must have for anyone interested in Weaving. 12 Sep 2013
By Goddess Being - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a beautiful book. This is filled with history and takes you on a journey around the world to explore the many facets of weaving and the many cultures that contributed to this wonderful artform.

The pictures seem to come out of museums of long ago and trace the different ways of weaving and preparing yarns. The pictures
are in full color and as you read this one is transported through time to tribal ancestry.

A gem of a book...it needs to be on the bookshelf of every weaver. Glad that I was able to get this.
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