Oh boy, DO I.
Chinese textile designs, by Hanyu Gao
WorldCat (find it in a library near you!)
When silk was gold : Central Asian and Chinese textiles, by James C Y Watt et al
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Corpus of Chinese Fabric, Embroidery and Finery: Dying & Weaving
Corpus of Chinese Fabric, Embroidery and Finery: Embroidery
Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House
Library of Congress (all volumes)
Treasures in silk : an illustrated history of Chinese textiles, by
Chinese textiles, by
Victoria and Albert Museum
History of textile technology of ancient China, by
Exquisite fabrics : traditional weaving and embroidery patterns in China, by Chunming Gao
Chinese Silks, by Dieter Kuhn, et al.
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FREE EBOOK: Woven into the Earth by Else Østergård
One of the century’s most spectacular archaeological finds occurred in 1921, a year before Howard Carter stumbled upon Tutankhamun’s tomb, when Poul Norlund recovered dozens of garments from a graveyard in the Norse settlement of Herjolfsnaes, Greenland. Preserved intact for centuries by the permafrost, these mediaeval garments display remarkable similarities to western European costumes of the time. Previously, such costumes were known only from contemporary illustrations, and the Greenland finds provided the world with a close look at how ordinary Europeans dressed in the Middle Ages. Fortunately for Norlund’s team, wood has always been extremely scarce in Greenland, and instead of caskets, many of the bodies were found swaddled in multiple layers of cast off clothing. When he wrote about the excavation later, Norlund also described how occasional thaws had permitted crowberry and dwarf willow to establish themselves in the top layers of soil. Their roots grew through coffins, clothing and corpses alike, binding them together in a vast network of thin fibers – as if, he wrote, the finds had been literally sewn in the earth. Eighty years of technical advances and subsequent excavations have greatly added to our understanding of the Herjolfsnaes discoveries. Woven into the Earth recounts the dramatic story of Norlund’s excavation in the context of other Norse textile finds in Greenland. It then describes what the finds tell us about the materials and methods used in making the clothes. The weaving and sewing techniques detailed here are surprisingly sophisticated, and one can only admire the talent of the women who employed them, especially considering the harsh conditions they worked under. While Woven into the Earth will be invaluable to students of medieval archaeology, Norse society and textile history, both lay readers and scholars are sure to find the book’s dig narratives and glimpses of life among the last Vikings fascinating.
Does anyone here on tumblr do Persian or Northern African garb and knows some good places for buying some nice period brocades? I’ve been looking everywhere and I’ve had no luck.
This isn’t a commercial site, but it’s a nice collection of pictures of period fabrics that you could use to compare modern brocades to:
The Met has a collection too:
Spoonflower looks to have some designs that could work: