Barker, David K.,
Two hundred and eighty-nine individual designs, illustrated in one hundred plates, are drawn from woven and decorated items made in the Royal Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan during the last two centuries. The designs are displayed in clear diagrammatic form. The designs of Bhutan, whilst unique in nature, have been nurtured over many years and also contain elements of influence from China, Tibet and Nepal. This Mahayana Buddhist kingdom portrays its thoughts, aspirations, imagination and beliefs in the weaving art for everyday use in clothing, decorative panels, carpets and religious coverings and other items. Religious symbols, animal and plant life, natural phenomena, everyday objects, tradition, mythical and geometric forms and a range of border elements are included which can be transferred to colorful and unusual uses.
(Bangkok 1985) ISBN 974-8495-03-5
124 pp., fully illus., 9 pp. in color, 210 x 300 mm, pbk.
Bühler, Alfred & Eberhard Fischer,
122 pp., illus. with 76 figures and 12 pp. in color, 175 x 240 mm, pbk.
Goldman, Ann Y.,
The Lao Mien, a subgroup of the Chinese Yao, have lived in relative isolation in northwest Laos until the Vietnamese War when great numbers were forced out of their villages and into refugee centers in Laos and later in Thailand. In the 1980s many thousands of them were resettled in the United States, Canada, and France. As these moves tore them away from age-old traditions of swidden agriculture and self-reliance, they began to experience leisure time and a reliance on others to provide some of the necessities of life.
The embroidery, an essential skill of every woman and used on all her clothing, began to reflect the changing situation of the Mien. As they came in contact with others, Mien women added new designs and colors to their embroidery. With leisure time in camps they could embroider more. As commercial threads became available, the embroidery became more colorful and the colors more uniform. A discussion of embroidery styles and designs invariably brings up memories of life as it was before the war, of the hardships endured during the migration south, and of the introduction to a cash economy and the modern world.
Now in the United States, Mien women attend school and hold jobs. They embroider less but demand a much more densely embroidered product with precise color selection. With reliable incomes, most now order finished Mien clothing from relatives still in Thailand, Laos, and China. The clothing is seldom worn but is saved in baskets in closets in the hope that somehow the cultural traditions of the Mien will thus be preserved.
(Bangkok 1995) ISBN 974-8496-41-4
150 pp., fully illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk.
Hauser-Schaeublin, Brigitta, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff,
In this beautifully illustrated book, three experts examine the history, production and uses of textiles in Balinese society. Many fine pieces are presented, their raw materials and methods of weaving and dyeing are described, and the complex symbolism and ritual functions of each are explained in detail. (Singapore 1991)
293 pp., fully illus. in color, 235 x 310 mm
Textiles of Southeast Asia provides the first in-depth compilation of the literature in this field. The material covered ranges from academic theses to articles in fashion magazines and newspapers. It provides a guide to this complex literature for the specialist and librarian as well as for those with a more casual interest.
The weavers of Southeast Asia have produced an amazing array of textiles that has attracted the attention of travel writers, fashion designers, scholars, and collectors the world over.
Public interest in the textiles of this region has grown considerably in recent years and, along with it, writing and exhibitions devoted to Southeast Asian textiles have appeared in unprecedented numbers.
A survey of museum collections of Southeast Asian textiles from around the world completes the book.
Over 100 color photos illustrate the types of textiles found in the region.
(Bangkok, 1994) ISBN 974-8496-19-9
212 pp., 24 pp. color illus., 210 x 300 mm.
A complete account of natural dyeing techniques which have been perfected over the centuries and are still in use today. Marjo Moeyes, an accomplished natural dyer and weaver, has carried out an intensive study of the dyeing and weaving techniques of the villages of northern and northeastern Thailand. Her practical work with the village craftswomen has given her an understanding of these age-old methods and procedures.
In addition she tried out all the dyes and processes herself. Her wholly practical approach makes this book superior-for the working dyer-to more theoretical books in this field.
A comprehensive collection of 135 recipes enables the practicing dyer to experiment with dyes from Thailand at home.
The book is lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs (more than 150 in full color).
(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-94-9
173 pp., illus. in color, 210 x 295 mm
138 pp., illus. with drawings, 170 x 240 mm, pbk.
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