The Woven Coverlets of Norway

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This book about weaving techniques, patterns, tools, and materials is also about emigration and cultural heritage. It traces the centuries-old traditions of the Norwegian coverlet: decorative textiles that are both utilitarian and symbolic, used in ceremonies from christenings to funerals as well as in everyday living. Larson (a weaver and researcher based in Seattle) works in colorful bits and pieces about her own Norwegian American background as she describes the steps of cloth production. The many beautiful illustrations (both b&w and color) include images of coverlets as well as weavers and the places where they worked. Oversize: 9x11.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Katherine Larson is a weaver and researcher whose Norwegian-American background has inspired her study of Norwegian coverlets. Her book will appeal to anyone who owns or has ever admired an antique coverlet, and especially to Scandinavians who are interested in their cultural heritage. The historical aspects of her work will be important to textile studies, women's studies, and art history. She lives in Seattle.

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Coverlets were woven at home by Norwegian women from as far back as Viking times up until the last century. In this attractive book, weaver and independent researcher Larson presents an overview of the history of wool and linen yarn production and the function of the coverlets in rural Norwegian homes and fishing boats, illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings of tools and processes. She then examines various types of coverlets, organized into chapters according to woven structures. These are accompanied by detailed diagrams of the threads and multiple color photographs of each type of coverlet, taken mostly from museum collections. When possible, Larson points out analogous weaving types from other cultures and contemporary American craft weaving. This is a carefully constructed book that provides the fullest presentation of this topic to be published in English. Recommended for specialized collections. Kathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati
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