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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810965852, Hardcover)A sumptuous addition to the Victoria and Albert Museum textile series, Ottoman Embroidery showcases in full color 150 stunning pieces from the museum's extensive collection. Dating from the mid-16th to the early 20th century, such common household items as napkins, towels, kerchiefs, and trousers have become exotic with age, and their ornate patterns are sure to inspire contemporary needleworkers. Twelve specially commissioned diagrams illustrate intricate techniques like the double-sided stitch--a 500-year-old style of embroidery still practiced today by a few skilled artisans.
To put the collection in context, an introductory text outlines the history of the Ottomans and their impact on European civilization. This image resource offers valuable information for fashion and interior designers.
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"Featuring work from the mid-sixteenth century to about 1900, this new book draws exclusively on the V&A's outstanding collection of Ottoman embroidery." "New colour photographs of pieces in the V&A collection include sashes, kerchiefs and scarves, made to satisfy the requirements of the Ottoman household and strongly redolent of an exotic way of life. The book also features specially commissioned diagrams of the stitches. Not only do these provide clear guidance for embroiderers, they are also an invaluable means of analysing Ottoman embroidery, helping to determine its use and its origins." "With its text and informative illustrations, this should be of great interest to practitioners, historians and lovers of the decorative textiles alike."--BOOK JACKET.
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