Arab World Embroidery

Name of project: Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World  (Bloomsbury, London, January 2016)

Researcher: Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Together with Mrs. Widad Kawar (Jordan) and Mrs. Layla Pio (Iraq), and aided by Dr. Meriem Chida (Tunisia) and Dr. Caroline Stone (Cambridge, England), Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (director, TRC) is writing an Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World. This is a continuation of an earlier exhibition and accompanying publication in this field (Embroidery from the Arab World, Leiden 2010. ISBN 978-9059970892). For thousands of years embroidery has been a way for men and women to communicate with different social and ethnic groups, decorate their homes and the clothing of their family  and to state who they are. The oldest embroideries from the region come from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun, but who has heard of these pieces? Currently, embroidery is severely threatened by the economic and political changes that are affecting North Africa and the Middle East. Yet embroidery is a major source of income for many people in the region, as well as offering artistic and cultural stimuli.

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood: Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood: Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World

This is the first time such an extensive survey has been carried out about this historical craft. Berg Publishers (now part of the Bloomsbury Publication Group, London), will publish the proposed encyclopedia and the expected publication date is January 2016 (ISBN 978-0857853974). The book will be 688 pages long, and contain 46 chapters discussing embroidery in general, and historical and modern embroidery forms from Morocco to Iraq. It will be fully illustrated with over 750 colour images, as well as 56 black and white illustrations and line drawings. For more information, please click the adjoining photograph of the book cover.

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