Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads: Journeys Between East and West, Past and Present (Paperback)

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With over 200 color illustrations, Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads examines in detail the eclectic iconography of the Byzantine period and its impact on design and creativity today. Through an examination of the extraordinary variety of designs in these captivating silks, an international team of experts reveal that Byzantine culture was ever-moving and open to diverse influences across the length of the Silk Road. Commentaries from curators at key collections - including the Museum of Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian (Cooper Hewitt), the V&A and the Vatican - reveal the spread of silk embroidery and designs from East to West, and from West to East, from China to Rome, and from Constantinople to Korea. Drawing on exclusive imagery from worldwide collections within museums, churches and archives as case studies, their analysis of these unique woven silks explores the relationship between color and power, material culture and status, and offers broader insight into Byzantine culture, trade, society and ceremony.

Byzantine Silk ... takes us on a journey from the past to the present, too, where Byzantine story-telling and image-making is revisited, through color, imagery and pattern, in contemporary fashion collections. Exploring Byzantine culture through a contemporary filter, the book shows how the Byzantine era still influences textile and fashion designers today in their choices of materials and colors, and their utilization of images and patterns, acting as a unique source of inspiration to designers and creators in the 21st century.

About the Author

Ryoko Yamanaka Kondo is Emeritus Professor, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata, Japan and researcher at the Institute for European, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Sarah E. Braddock Clarke is Senior Lecturer and researcher, Falmouth University, UK and co-author of Digital Visions for Fashion + Textiles (2012), Techno Textiles 2 (2005), SportsTech (2002), and Techno Textiles (1998).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350099333
ISBN-10: 1350099333
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: April 7th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English