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100 THIMBLES IN A BOX: THE SPIRIT AND BEAUTY OF KOREAN HANDICRAFTS. Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky. Seoul Selection, Irvine, 2014. Distributed 2016 by University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 168 pp. with 365 ills. (358 col.). 22 x 28 cm. LC 2014-935543 ISBN 9781624120268 In English.
Publisher's description: Korean handicrafts are often overshadowed by those of China and Japan, preventing them from being recognized for their unique charm and cultural value. Frustrated with this widespread ignorance of Korean crafts, two American authors set out to write 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts, hoping that an English-language book on the topic would help bring some deserving global attention to Korea's strong crafting history. The book's title draws from a tradition dating back to the Joseon Dynasty in which a bride would present handmade thimbles to her husband's female relatives to wish them good fortune and a long life. The stunning beauty of 44 of Korea's traditional crafts sorted into ceramics, fiber arts, paper, inlay, metal, wood, and painting is presented in detail with over 400 pictures found in the book. While other publications have focused on one or two of these handicraft categories, this is the first English-language guide that brings these diverse genres together in a single volume.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Korea — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167720
Paperbound $39.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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