Textiles Today: A Global Survey of Trends and Traditions
Textiles design lies at the heart of creativity today. Designers all over the world, with their multifarious achievements, provide the stage for one of the most and least localized of the arts : textiles owe their development to religion, commerce, exchange and travel, and their vibrant and creative preservation to tenacious regionalism. In the recent past artists and designers from different ethnic backgrounds - India, Mali, Madagascar, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Nigeria - have reinvigorated art and fashion by using the fabrics and graphic elements they find on the streets of Paris, London and other cities to project an alternative, synoptic vision of textile culture on the international stage. This survey of contemporary textiles from around the world today reveals a field that is very diverse, making it both exciting and provocative because it involves bringing together a range of otherwise fragmented images and perspectives. Extraordinary technological developments, from colour-changing, light-sensitive camouflage to emergency shelters of cement-impregnated fabric bonded to an inflatable plastic, are included alongside the simply beautiful, such as Eley Kishimoto's patterns pointing to the history of the exchange of ideas between the East and the West, or the astonishing colours of Morphotex, a fibre of multi-layer optical interference producing changes in colour from blue to purple, red and green. This dazzlingly fresh sourcebook of original, inspiring, often colourful, designs will appeal to designers and people with an interest in textiles throughout the world.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Cost of Materials and the Global Economy
Fabric Robots and the Fabric Computer
8 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
African wax Allianz Arena approach architects architecture artist Auckland Award Biomimicry Boontje building carbon fibre Centre century chemical cloth collection College of Art colour conductive cotton craft create crochet culture cushions Design Museum developed Dutch electricity electronic emerged engineering ETFE European European Space Agency example exhibited fabric fashion design feature fibre optics flexible Future Force Warrior Gallery garments gratttuda graUtuda gratttuda graUtuda graUtuda graUtuda graUtuda graUtuda heat Hella Jongerius images India industrial inflated initially innovation inspired Institute Interactive interest Japan Jongerius knitting layers light London Lucy Orta manufacture Marcel Wanders materials membranes metal modernist nanometre nanotechnology Native American natural Netherlands Pacific Islands piece plastic polyester polymer printed programme prototype recently recycling shape shelter Soldier spider silk Street structure studied surface sustainable design synthetic T-shirt textile design textile technologies Tord Boontje trade traditions University Wearable woven Zealand