London: Jocelyn Chatterton, 2002.
108 pp. 150 color plates 41 black and white figures. 8.25 x 11.75 Hardback in Very Good condition. Dustjacket shows minor tears. Item #BOOKS009180I
The book contains illustrations of early silks, Ming brocades, Qing dynasty costume, domestic embroideries and sewing tools. The Embroidered designs and symbols expressed not only the symbolism of the imperial court but also the domestic hopes and desires of the women as they embroidered and wove day after day. There are also special chapters on the use of natural dyes from the Paleolithic era to the introduction of aniline dyes in the late 19th century together with useful hints on collecting and conservation. -Cover.