Pattern and Loom: A Practical Study of the Development of Weaving Techniques in China, Western Asia and Europe

Pattern and Loom: A Practical Study of the Development of Weaving Techniques in China, Western Asia and Europe

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Overview

Revealing much on the development of weaving techniques across the centuries from China through to Europe, When John Becker's Pattern and Loom was posthumously published in 1987, the work was hailed as an important work that revealed much new knowledge on the development of weaving techniques across the centuries from China through to Europe. The key to the book's almost forensic investigation of its subject was the author himself, a Danish damask weaver with a lifetime's practical experience in his craft and an intimate knowledge of weaving techniques that allowed him to decipher, experiment and interpret original techniques from small remnants of surviving material. Long out of print, the work has been tidied and reset by Becker's collaborator on the original work, the sinologist Don Wagner. This reconstruction of an important but long out-of-print work will bring the results of the author's experimental investigations to a new generation of researchers and weavers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788776941383
Publisher: NIAS
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Pages: 429
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part I Patterned weaves of Han China, 206 BC - AD 220 7

Patterned weaves of Han China 9

1 The monochrome patterned weaves 16

2 Gauze weaves 35

3 The polychrome silks, jin 55

Part II Patterned Weaves of Early Western Asia 81

4 Western Asia 83

5 Weft-faced compound twill or samitum 111

Part III Patterned weaves of the Mediterranean region 145

6 Lampas 147

7 Double-faced weft weaves 196

8 Patterned double cloth 221

9 Damask 248

Part IV The eclectic pattern weaves of Tang China 287

10 The eclectic pattern weaves of Tang China 289

Part V Weaving implements 309

11 The development of mechanical patterning: 'The' drawloom 311

12 Our drawloom - some weaving implements 346

Bibliography 363

Index 376

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