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Spirit and Style
By Masako Takahashi,Introduction by Tony Cohan
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Whether its a hand-woven sarape, a festive square of oilcloth, or a delicate trimming of lace, Mexican textiles reflect passionate appreciation for color, pattern, and design. In the dazzling pages of Mexican Textiles, photographer and Mexican art aficionado Masako Takahashi shares her love of the form, taking readers on a journey through this sun-drenched land. She visits artisan workshops, weaving centers, lace makers, and family-owned rug manufacturers for an inside view of how traditional fabrics are designed, dyed, woven, and finished. Takahashi also takes her camera into scores of unique homes to show how new and antique woven treasures are used to advantage in modern dcor. In the text, readers discover insightful notes on regional differences, history, technique, and tips for identifying quality materials and craftsmanship. Overflowing with exuberance and creative ideas, and including a resource section listing the major textile markets and vendors throughout Mexico, Mexican Textiles is an indispensable resource book for appreciating and collecting artfully crafted Mexican fabrics.
Masako Takahashi is a much-exhibited artist and photographer who divides her time between Venice, California, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tony Cohan has spent much of the past 12 years in Mexico. He is the author of four novels, and his reviews, essays, and travel writing on Mexico have appeared in numerous magazines.
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