Astrid Reischwitz, Karen Haas, Anika Kreft
Kehrer Verlag, 2022
In Spin Club Stories, Astrid Reischwitz explores personal and cultural memory influenced by her upbringing in a small farming village in Northern Germany. She uses keepsakes from family life, old photographs and embroidered fabric from the village to build a world of memory, identity and home. The Boston based artist takes cues from the old tradition of spin clubs in her village, where village women met to spin wool and create needlework - and share stories while they worked. She transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey. Her own embroidered designs are partial representations of her ancestral linens, emphasizing the fragmentary nature of recollection. By following the stitches in these fabrics, she follows a path through the lives of her ancestors and converses with the past.English - 112 Pages - 24 x 30 cm – 1.1 Kg
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2022
Japan’s engagement with Western clothing, culture, and art in the mid-nineteenth century transformed the traditional kimono and began a cross-cultural sartorial dialogue that continues to this day. This publication explores the kimono’s fascinating modern history and its notable influence on Western fashion. Initially signaling the wearer’s social position, marital status, age, and wealth, older kimono designs gave way to the demands of modernized and democratized twentieth-century lifestyles as well as the preferences of the emancipated “new woman.” Conversely, inspiration from the kimono’s silhouette liberated Western designers such as Paul Poiret and Madeline Vionnet from traditional European tailoring. Juxtaposing never-before-published Japanese textiles from the John C. Weber Collection with Western couture, this book places the kimono on the stage of global fashion history.English - 180 Pages -20 x 2 x 25 cm - 0.8 kg
Hatje Cantz, 2022
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the fabric works from the last two decades in the career of legendary artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). “I’ve always had a fascination with the needle,” she once said, “the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness.”
This body of work began when the artist started incorporating clothes from all stages of her life into her art, and later expanded to include a range of other textiles such as bed linen, handkerchiefs, tapestry, and needlepoint. The fabric works mine the themes of identity and sexuality, trauma and memory, guilt and reparation, and serve as metaphors for emotional and psychological states.
The catalog―which accompanies the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Gropius Bau, Berlin―features works from numerous series, including the monumental Cell installations, figurative sculptures and abstract drawings.
English - 207 Pages - 24 × 2× 28 cm - 1.2 Kg
Thames & Hudson, 2021
From precious stones to spices, from new religions to technological innovations, the exchange of goods and ideas along the ancient trading routes of the Silk Roads has played a crucial role in the development of civilizations across Europe and Asia.
This beautiful illustrated overview, the first and most ambitious of its kind, places landscapes at the heart of 1,500 years of Eurasian history. With contributions from over 80 leading experts from around the world, each chapter explores the history of trade and cultures along the Silk Roads in the context of a particular terrain – steppe, mountains, deserts, rivers and seas – to reveal how integral the landscapes of the Silk Roads have been in defining the resources, travel and communities of those who lived and traded along these routes.
English - 480 Pages – 28.6 x 22.5 cm – 2.4 Kg
5 Continents, 2019
Drawing on the Israel Museum's rich collection of Jewish dress, the largest of its kind worldwide, this colorful volume explores aspects of Jewish identity: integration and segregation; tradition, transition, and innovation. Written for a broad audience, the book addresses such general issues as the impact of widespread migration, as well as specific questions like the ritual requirements that determine special garments. This presentation of the collection, illuminated by in-depth research, reveals the diversity of pre-modern Jewish attire and documents the dress traditions of many different communities. Lavish pictures of garments are juxtaposed with rare contextual photographs from the Museum's archive, attesting to individual and communal taste and also offering a source of inspiration for fashion designers today. Joining these images to detailed texts, The Jewish Wardrobe will serve as a lasting resource for scholars and enthusiasts alike..
English - 352 Pages - 24.9 cm x 3.8 cm x 28.7 cm - 2.5 Kg