Ottoman Embroidery

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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A sumptuous addition to the Victoria and Albert Museum textile series, Ottoman Embroidery showcases in full color 150 stunning pieces from the museum's extensive collection. Dating from the mid-16th to the early 20th century, such common household items as napkins, towels, kerchiefs, and trousers have become exotic with age, and their ornate patterns are sure to inspire contemporary needleworkers. Fourteen specially commissioned diagrams illustrate intricate techniques like the double-sided stitch -- a 500-year-old style of embroidery still practiced today by a few skilled artisans.

To put the collection in context, an introductory text outlines the history of the Ottomans and their impact on European civilization. This image resource offers valuable information for fashion and interior designers.

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Beautiful embroidery is one of the unique contributions the Ottoman Empire made to world art. London's Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired over 680 pieces of this work. Here, Ellis (Embroideries ... Read full review



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Jennifer Wearden is a Curator in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and co-author with Clare Browne of Samplers (V&A Publications, 1999) and with Marianne Ellis of Ottoman Embroidery (V&A Publications, 2001).

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