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Featuring textiles from the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central and South America, this book is an eclectic selection of over 150 textiles that illustrates the richness and diversity of world textiles. With expert commentary highlighting the key features of the designs and setting them in their social and cultural context, this book gives insight into the significance of pattern and symbolism and tells the stories behind these spectacular works. Awash in vibrant color, fascinating motifs, and an assortment of striking and intricate patterns, this sourcebook offers a wealth of inspiration for using color and pattern, and is a must-have for anyone interested in textile and design. It includes coverage of the various techniques of production: emroidery, weaving, printing and dyeing, and shows each individual textile in full, through a series of detailed photographs.