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Textiles: A World Tour

Discovering Traditional Fabrics & Patterns

Catherine Legrand

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Packed with rich and varied illustrations, including over 700 photographs of clothes, people and fabric this is a round-the-world trip with a fabric-collecting fashion designer


Pieced together much like the fine garment it portrays, this colourful volume guides the reader on an international textile tour, presenting in over 700 glorious photographs a raft of remarkable clothing, people and fabrics from all over the world.

Taking the reader from Vietnam to Benin, from Central America to Eastern Europe, the book is brimful of stunning costumes, sumptuous fabrics and breathtaking detail. Both an ethnographic textile map and a fabric-inspired travelogue, it explores and reveals many secrets about international textile crafts, including weaving, dyeing and applique.

All designers as well as anyone who loves fashion will find this volume a huge source of inspiration, as will fans of off-the-beaten-track travel destinations.

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'Full of fascinating detail … comprehensive, colourful and vibrantly illustrated'
Geographical Magazine

'Fabulous to dip in to, full of inspiration and intrigue, you’ll feel like you’ve made the journey yourself'
Craftsman Magazine

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 24.8 x 26.8 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 18 June 2012

ISBN: 9780500290330

Contents List

Introduction • Asia: Vietnam, Laos and Thailand • India: Orissa, Rajasthan, Gujarat • The Maya: Mexico and Guatemala • Indonesia: Kuna, Panam Central Europe: The Romany Traditions • Benin

About the Author

Catherine Legrand is a co-founder of the Théatre du Soleil, for whom she continues to work as a graphic designer. She is also a fashion designer and creator of the French brand ‘À la Bonne Renommée’.

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