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The Art Is the Cloth: How to Look at and Understand Tapestries

Understanding Tapestries

Delve deeper into tapestries with The Art Is the Cloth: How to Look at and Understand Tapestries by Micala Sidore, Foreword by Charissa Bremer-David.

A colourful guided tour from an expert, allowing weavers, textile lovers, and art lovers to see and appreciate what tapestries can do and how they do it. Sidore, an expert tapestry weaver and historian, provides how-to strategies that will help weavers and non-weavers dive deeper and understand the meaning of these artworks.

You’ll discover much to learn and enjoy in photos of more than 300 tapestries from the 12th to the 21st centuries, enabling you to think about the weavings in ways you have never before considered.

Enjoy learning basic elements of weaving to help you become more sophisticated in understanding what you’re seeing. Then, learn six ways in which tapestries can call attention to themselves as cloth. This eye-opening guide to seeing explains the great range of materials and visual themes, the use of trompe l’oeil, the importance of the direction in which the weaver weaves, and more.

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