The Book of Silk

Scott, Philippa

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The story of silk through the ages, reproducing hundreds of fabrics, furnishings and garments from all parts of the world. From ancient China the narrative leads by the legendary silk routes to Byzantium and the Islamic world, to Ottoman Turkey, and on to Renaissance Europe. Num Pages: 256 pages, 274 illustrations, 180 in colour. BIC Classification: AC; AKTA; AKTX. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 311 x 240 x 24. Weight in Grams: 1438. . 2001. New edition. Paperback. . . . . Bookseller Inventory #

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Luxury, beauty, refinement, sensuality, elegance - silk is synonymous with all of these. No fiber - natural or man-made - rivals its versatility. Silk is light but strong, smooth and soft, supremely adaptable. It can be made wonderfully warm or deliciously cool, and dyed with infinite subtlety or boldness of color. When worn or draped, its fluidity is spellbinding.

The Book of Silk follows the story of this remarkable material through 5,000 years, reproducing hundreds of fabrics, furnishings, and garments from all parts of the world. From ancient China, where the secret of reeling silkworm cocoons was first discovered, the narrative leads by the legendary Silk Routes to Byzantium and the Islamic world, to Ottoman Turkey and India - and on to the Renaissance, baroque, and rococo silks of Western Christendom. In modern times the fashion industry yields a wonderful array of designs from Fortuny, Balenciaga, Poiret, and Schiaparelli, among others.

A dazzling selection of illustrations, many drawn from private collections, reveals silk's omnipresence in couture and decoration, carpets, embroidery, and even painting. Complete with a detailed reference section that includes terms and technical processes, collecting and care, galleries and museums, and a bibliography, The Book of Silk will appeal to anyone interested in history, fashion, and beauty.

274 illustrations, 180 in color

About the Author: Philippa Scott is London Arts Correspondent for the Turkish magazine Cornucopia and Contributing Editor to the prestigious art textiles magazine Hali. Among her other books is Turkish Delights, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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