Weaving tapestry in rural Ireland: Taipéis Gael, Donegal

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Atrium, 2006 - Design - 198 pages
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Weaving Tapestry in Rural Ireland is the story of a group of weavers in the Gaeltacht, the Irish speaking section of Donegal, who formed a tapestry weaving cooperative called Taipeis Gael. It features accounts of the various processes; as well as interviews with weavers, spinners and dyers; and has over 100 color photographs of tapestries. Traditional methods of wool production are presented in this book along with folklore, myth, and local archaeology which influences the weavers' practices, tapestry design, self-perceptions, and identities as artists and mentors within their communities. Also included is a documentation of the natural materials-plants and sea life-that their ancestors used in dye recipes for the yarns in their sweaters and tweeds.

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User Review  - jmjamison - LibraryThing

Beautiful photography. As a dyer who uses local dye plants I particularly found the section on local dyeing and dyeplants particulararly interesting. Read full review


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Meghan Nuttall Sayres is an acclaimed author who won a 2002 John Burroughs Nature Book Award. She has traveled to Turkey and Iran, where she met with carpet weavers, dye masters, and merchants in bustling bazaars to explore the age-old techniques and symbolismA-and often sufi poetryA-that infuse tribal rugs of the Middle East. She lives outside of Spokane, Washington. Visit her at www.meghannuttallsayres.com.

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