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Textiles of South East Asia

By Angela Thompson

ISBN: 9781861269621
PUBLISHED: 2007
PAGES: 224
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 280x215 mm
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.

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