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CASHMERE: A FRENCH PASSION, 1800-1880. Translation of Cachemires: La creation francais, 1800-1880 (Editions de La Martiniere, Paris, 2012). Monique Levi-Strauss. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 2013. Published in the U.S.A. by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York. 320 pp. with 298 ills. (285 col.). 31 x 25 cm. LC 2013-932076 ISBN 9780500517123 In English.
Publisher's description: The delicate beauty of the cashmere shawl was first brought to Europe by the East India Companies and Napoleon's campaigns. Woven in Kashmir, its fabric was so light that, according to legend, a whole shawl could be passed through a finger ring. Exquisite and expensive, by the nineteenth century these shawls were highly sought after in France; enterprising French manufacturers soon saw that there was a market for more accessibly priced versions and started to create their own. Here is the story of French cashmere shawls of the nineteenth century. At first, the shawl-makers strove to imitate the traditional hand-made designs using modern techniques of mass production, but then they began to explore and innovate. As weaving technology evolved, motifs grew increasingly complex, expanding from the decorative borders and extending across the whole surface of the shawl and filling it with jewel-like colors.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 70,30,54
Worldwide Number: 155468
Hardcover $80.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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