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Globel Textiles Tradition

The world is rich in textile traditions - in its entirety, the subject merits an encyclopedia and a sophisticated reading. The intention here is to give the reader a tentative overview and introduce some of the many complexities of the subject. The main emphasis provided here is on Asian textiles including those of Indonesia, Japan, China and India; there are also some references to African, European, Australian and American traditions. There is no substitute for seeing textiles and, particularly in respect of this chapter, the reader would be well advised to seek out examples of the work mentioned. Throughout the world there are many collections documenting textile traditions, some broad-based and others more focused on specific cultures or regions. Apart from specialist publications, a variety of textiles can now be viewed on the web (www.artlex.1/ArtLex/1/textile.html) along with scholarly research (Tanaka, 1995), thus increasing access to a quite remarkable diversity of styles, technique, history and forms. There are book publishers' sites such as the Indian www.vedamsbooks.1/textile.htm and useful web ‘portals’, such as Gwendolyn A. Magee's www.quiltethnic.com, which provides links to sites covering African, African-American, Asian, Haitian, South American and Native American textiles.

It is almost a contradiction in terms to speak of national textile traditions, given the complex origin of many of the world's textile styles. Textile traditions are never static nor geographically fixed, and they have constantly changed in response to interactions between different cultures. This is one of the great strengths of textiles and a major part of the way it has contributed to the world's cultural heritage. However, many national textile traditions arose from indigenous textile crafts, and these typically reflected local cultural traditions and had social meaning and worth. All people have a sense of their own culture and manifest it in their arts. For the majority of the world's cultures, textiles have provided a perfect vehicle for establishing, expressing and maintaining cultural identity. Within textiles various patterns and fabrics reveal expressions of spirituality, mythology, symbolism, wealth and tradition. These expressions are particular to each country and each people, and distinguish one region of the world from another. Textiles also mirror periods of national history, reflecting the way in which people see themselves, their culture and their lifestyles at a particular time.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Part I - Overviews *
  • 1 - What is Textiles? 3
  • 2 - The Culture Place of Textiles 7
  • 3 - Perceptions of Fabric 21
  • Part II - The Creative *
  • 4 - The Textile Designer 37
  • 5 - The Designer Maker 49
  • 6 - The Craftperson 63
  • 7 - The Textile Artist 77
  • Part III - The Social and Industrial Context *
  • 8 - Globel Textiles Tradition 91
  • 9 - Ecology 107
  • 10 - Industry 121
  • 11 - The Role of Trends and Forecasting 133
  • Part IV - Related Disciplines and Studies *
  • 12 - The Buyer 145
  • 13 - Journalism 157
  • 14 - Science 167
  • 15 - Research 179
  • Bibliography 191
  • Index 201
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