7 books on textile art to download for free on the Met Museum website

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

edited by Amelia Peck, with contributions from Amy Bogansky, Joyce Denney, John Guy, Maria João Pacheco Ferrerira, Elena Phipps, Marika Sardar, Cynthia VA Schaffner, Kristen Stewart and Melinda Watt (2013), 2012

“The Golden Age of European shipping gave birth to a thriving textile trade, carrying a breathtaking variety of textile designs around the world. These textiles melded the traditional designs, skills and tastes of the cultures that produced them with those of their destinations, resulting in objects of intrinsic beauty and great historical interest. While previous studies have focused on this story from a trade perspective, Interwoven Globe it is the first book that analyzes it as a history of design and approaches it from a universal perspective. The lavishly illustrated texts examine the interrelationships of textiles, commerce, and taste from the Age of Discovery to the 19th century, providing detailed discussions of more than 120 works. From India, with its renowned craftsmanship in dyed and painted cotton, to the sumptuous silks of Japan and China, Turkey and Iran, the pathways of influence are traced westward to Europe and the Americas. Shaped by an emerging global visual culture, the vogue for the “exotic” in textiles, as well as other goods and art forms, gave rise to what may be called the first global style. Written by an interdisciplinary curatorial team, this fascinating exploration will interest readers interested in art history, fashion and style, textile design, and early modern world events.”

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