Textiles of South East Asia
|INSIDE:||250 colour photographs|
South East Asia covers a vast area that includes the northern mountain terrain of the 'Golden Triangle' - the tropical forests, plains and rivers of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, the rice paddies of Vietnam and Cambodia, and the historic Spice Islands of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
A variety of textile techniques from across South-East Asia are covered in the book, with explanations and detailed images of the craftwork in progress.
Topics covered: Fabric manufacture, including the story of silk and the rearing of the silkworms, and the growing and preparation of cotton for spinning and weaving. Manipulated thread crafts, including tatting, braid-work, fringing, knotting and netting, as well as the important craft of tablet-weaving for Buddhist texts. Dyeing techniques, such as tied-thread patterns and batik wax methods, used throughout the area to decorate shawls, sarongs and tube-skirts. Embroidery techniques, including reverse applique, the silk hand embroidery of Vietnam and traditional methods of South-West China. Beadwork, both embroidered and netted, and fringes, tassels, pom-poms and feathers.