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Irene Emery

Thames & Hudson, 2009
342 pages
Illustrated in b+w.
ISBN: 9780500288023

In this monumental work, the structures of fabrics and the descriptive terms applied to them are clearly presented according to their logical relationships to each other, moving from the simplest to the most complex.

Based on years of study of a huge range of fabrics produced by hand or by strictly limited mechanization, its essential strength is its universality. Covering design, history, cultural significance, chronological and wide geographical scope, a definition of the structural makeup of fabrics and their parts is made clear and accessible to all.

Illustrated both with specially constructed and photographed examples and with extant fabrics from different cultures, the book is divided into three parts:

• the raw materials of fabrics (filaments and fabric elements);

• the fabric structures themselves, felted or interworked yarns

‚Ä¢ structures such as stitches or appliquè.


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