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Textiles of Central and South America

By Angela Thompson

ISBN: 9781861268266
PUBLISHED: 2006
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 280x215 mm
INSIDE: 200 colour photographs

The rich textile traditions of Central and South America date back to pre-Hispanic Conquest times. This fascinating book looks at both the differences and the similarities between the weaving and textile techniques and traditions of the various Latin American countries, and explores the symbolic meanings of the designs woven into or imprinted onto the cloth.

Topics covered include: Design and production, including the different types of loom and weaving techniques and the various spinning and dyeing methods. Fibres and threads, yarns and fabric sources. Manipulated thread crafts, including knitting and crochet, plaiting, knotting and netting, and the Spanish Sol needle-laces. Embroidery, both hand and machine, as well as the chain-stitch embroidery worked in Peru, the politically inspired embroidery of Arpilleras, and the appliquŽ pictures of Chile, Peru and Guatemala. Beadwork, both embroidered and strung. Finishing, decorative edging and fringing.

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