Nomadic Felts, Artistic Traditions in World Cultures

UK, London
  2010 Dec
  British Museum Press

Author: Dr. Stephanie Bunn

“Believed to be one of the earliest textiles, felt has been made by the nomadic peoples of Central Asia for over 2,500 years and the craft still thrives today as an integral part of their culture…Traditional feltmaking is also still practiced in many other parts of the world, and this book is the first comprehensive overview. It looks in particular detail at the Turkic and Mongol traditions, which include felt from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Xinjiang and from Mongolia, Tibet, Bhutan and South-East Asia respectively, as well as closely associated styles from Afghanistan and the Caucasus. Iranian, Turkish and Indian felts reveal historical influences from the Middle East, and felts from Romania, Hungary and Japan are also covered…”

Jorie Johnson’s several contributions focus on her unusual felt finds in Japanese collections.

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