Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-04-07
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Throughout the Arab world, embroidery has been as central to the cultural heritage of the region as calligraphy, the miniature, woodwork, ceramics or silverware. Embroidered textiles have been produced for thousands of years across North Africa and the Middle East to decorate public buildings, homes and animals as well as to clothe men, women and children. They have played an important role in the social and cultural lives of communities and peoples and have reflected the economic and political changes that have affected the region from the earliest times.

The Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World is the first reference work to chart the history of embroidery from Ancient Egypt to the present day and to offer an authoritative guide to all the major embroidery traditions of the region. It maps the diversity of embroidery from the Maghreb to the Gulf states, from Turkey to Sudan; traces the impact of trade, commerce, politics and religion on materials, colors, styles and fashions; introduces the embroiderers, their materials, equipment and techniques; and highlights the artistic and design influences of embroidery, through to its use by modern fashion designers.

Richly illustrated with 850 images (750 in colour) of clothes, accessories, cushions, bed linen, curtains, floor coverings and wall hangings, many of which have never been published before, the Encyclopedia is an essential resource for students and scholars of the subject.

Author Biography

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood is Director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

1. General Information
The Embroiderers
Foreign Influences
Materials and Equipment
Hand and Machine Embroidery Techniques
Designs and Colors

2. Archaeological and Historical Embroideries

Tutankhamun's Embroidery
Embroideries from Sites from Egypt, Nubia and Sudan - Nettie Adams
Embroideries from Judea, Syria and Iraq
Coptic, Byzantine and Arab Sicilian Embroideries
Medieval Embroideries from Egypt - Nettie Adams
Medieval Embroideries from Lebanon
The Main Medieval Styles of Embroidery
The Kiswah
Street of The Tent Makers
Turkish Embroidery - Sumru Krody

3. Regional Embroidery
Snapshot: The Maghreb (general)
Snapshot: The Jewish Kiswa El-kabir
Snapshot: Toureg Embroidery
Egyptian Embroidery
Snapshot: Abas and Bishts
Ecclesiastical Embroidery from The Eastern Mediterranean - Karel Innemee
Sinai and Negeb Bedouin Embroidery
Eastern Mediterranean, Syria and Iraq
Jewish Ceremonial Embroidery
Snapshot: Samaritan Embroidery
Palestine - Widad Kawar
Lebanon - Nour Majdalany
Jordan - Widad Kawar
Snapshot: Jordanian Designer Using Embroidery
Syrian Embroidery - Widad Kawar and Heike Weber
Iraqi Embroidery - Layla Pio
Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Arabian Embroidery
Snapshot: Saudi Arabian Designer Using Hand Embroidery
Snapshot: Saudi Arabian Designer Using Machine Embroidery
Sudanese Embroidery
Yemeni Embroidery - Margret Ramson
Snapshot: Naeksha Harazi Embroidery
Snapshot: Zari Work from India
Snapshot: Omani Designer Using Embroidery
Gulf States

4. Resources

Glossary of Stitches
Glossary of Terms

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