Synopses & Reviews
Over the past hundred years, and#147;chintzand#8221; has come to mean any floral printed furnishing fabric, usually made of cotton, and often glazed. Its origins as a hand-drawn and dyed fabric from India are often forgotten, but it is with these rare earlier chintzes that this book is concerned. This stunning album explores in detail the background and development of this beautiful technique and looks at the use of chintz in Europe from the early seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, first as bed curtains and wall hangings and later for popular menand#8217;s and womenand#8217;s fashions. The Victoria and Albert Museumand#8217;s collection, published for the first time in glorious color and including close-up details, will interest interior designers, textile students, and those involved in fashion.
Silk velvet was first woven in Europe during the second half of the 13th century, but it reached its peak of perfection during the 15th and 16th centuries—the Renaissance. The V&A holds one of the finest collections of Renaissance velvets, including a papal carpet, a 16th-century cloak, books and caskets covered in velvet, and numerous ecclesiastical vestments. This unique book introduces these velvets to the general reader, setting them within historical contexts, exploring the skills and special equipment needed to produce velvet, and describing the basic weaving techniques. A beautifully illustrated catalog of 50 lush pieces, all newly photographed with many close-up details, this book includes detailed weave analyses and diagrams.
About the Author
Rosemary Crill is senior curator in the VandA's Asian Department. She is joint editor of Dress in Detail from Around the WorldIndian Embroidery
and Indian Ikat Textiles