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The Book of Silk

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"The Book of Silk" tells the rich history of this remarkable material through five millennia, reproducing hundreds of fabrics, furnishing 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, and the baroque and rococo silks of western Christendom. In modern times the fashion industry yields a wonderful array of designs, from Fortuny, Balenciaga, Poiret and Shiaparelli, among others. A dazzling selection of illustrations, many drawn from private collections, reveals silk's omnipresence in couture, 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, beauty and textiles. With 274 illustrations, 180 in color. Philippa Scott. Soft Cover.


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