Embroidery from Afghanistan
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This book introduces and explores textiles from Afghanistan from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the remarkable embroidery of the surrounding regions of Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Baluch, Lakai Uzbek and Turkmen, reflecting the nomadic heritage of the area.
The embroidered items range from dowry goods, precious holders for personal possessions, lovely costumes and items for the home, yurt and domestic animals. Unique techniques such as intricate stitchwork and the use of particular materials, motifs and symbolism will be explored with up- close and inspiring photographs. Examples include a stunning new textile collection recently acquired by the British Museum.
The book also examines the impact of political conflict on the creation of embroidery. While women were exempt from schools and employment, embroidery output increased, but since the demise of the Taliban regime, women have enjoyed greater freedoms outside of the home. The author investigates this theme of tradition and change to present a fascinating overview of the topic.
The author Sheila Paine is the author of several books and articles, including Embroidery from India and Pakistan in the Fabric Folio series.
Product code: cmc25749
Subtitle: Fabric Folios
Author: Sheila Paine
ISBN: 978 0 7141 2574 9
Format: Paperback with flaps
Number of pages: 88 pages
Size: 225 x 225 mm
llustrations: 100 colour, 1 colour map
Publication date: October 2006
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