Textiles from Guatemala
Guatemala's woven textiles are admired for their vibrant colour combinations and boldness of design. This book reflects such richness and provides designers at all levels with inspiration for new and unexpected ways of using colour and pattern in their own work. Over twenty textiles are explored in a series of photographs to reveal a wealth of motifs from fruit and flowers to birds and beasts, as well as abstract and geometric designs and, more unusually, the two combined to startling effect. In her enlightening text Ann Hecht, herself a weaver, provides the background information to bring the pieces to life and clearly explains the full range of principle techniques employed. In addition, brief commentaries highlight the design features and a technical glossary supports the main text so you can rely on the book for eye-catching patterns as well as refer to it for specific information. With over 100 colour illustrations.
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a n g o acrylics all-purpose cloth Ann Hecht APPLIQUE back-strap loom bands birds body-tensioned loom brocaded areas brocading thread brown cotton chain stitch Chajul Chichicastenango cofradia Colotenango Cristobal decorative double-faced brocading double-headed eagle draw loom embroidered Embroidery ethnocide fabric fibre four-selvedge panels garment ground weave Guatemalan textiles hair ribbon hand-spun heddle rod hip loom HUEHUETENANGO huipil illustrated indigo ipils jacket jaspe Lake Atitlan London loom see back-strap maguey material Maya Civilization Maya Indian Maya Textile Nahuala Nebaj patterns Pettersen pompoms Quezaltenango quiche RANDA rectangular red cotton Salcaja San Juan Cotzal Santiago Atitlan Santos selvedges shafts shawl shed rod shoulders silk SINGLE-FACED BROCADING skirt Solola soumak stick loom supplementary weft technique Textiles of Guatemala three-panel Totonicapan towns and villages treadle loom trousers Two-panel tzute warp and weft WARP STRIPES warp threads wear weavers weft threads weft-faced white cotton women wool woollen worn woven yarn ZIGZAG