Goddess Embroideries of Eastern Europe

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Remnants of ancient goddess beliefs were very much a part of nineteenth century Eastern European folk culture. Even up to the twentieth century, Eastern European women supervised rituals in honor of the goddess, and carefully embroidered her image on their ritual cloths and clothing. Today, the strong, powerful goddess figure can still be seen on many examples of Eastern European folk textiles.

The author introduces these figures and the folk life from which they sprang, explains changes in the goddess motif and its meaning, and unfolds for us rich examples from textile collections in Russia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. She describes folk arts from Romania and Poland and relates her conversations with folk artists in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Her story ends in the United States with descriptions of public and private textile collections which contain goddess embroideries. Kelly weaves a tale of her search for the goddess Berehinia and her research on why goddess embroideries exist in Eastern Europe.

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For more than 20 years, artist and professor Mary B. Kelly has traveled to the Eastern European area; documenting techniques of folk embroidery and weaving, and researching the design origins of their motifs. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Syracuse University, Kelly has received numerous grants, has written articles for textile magazines, lectured on folk textiles and written books on Eastern and Central European folk embroidery.

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"Mary Kelly's great contribution is to have brought artist's skills... to have made us all "see" the goddess..." -- Dianne Farrell in SIGNS, Autumn, 1991

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Book Description Northland Press of Winona, Winona, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair spine. Corners bumped. 8.5 x 11 Paperback in Fair condition. Damage to head and foot of; Illustrated by 7 color plates, 60 black and white, 209 figures; A well-researched book on goddess imagery in Eastern European textiles. Uncommon. "Remnants of ancient goddess beliefs were very much a part of nineteenth century Eastern European folk culture. Even up to the twentieth century, Eastern European women supervised rituals in honor of the goddess, and carefully embroidered her image on their ritual cloths and clothing. Today, the strong, powerful goddess figure can still be seen on many examples of Eastern European folk textiles. The author introduces these figures and the folk life from which they sprang, explains changes in the goddess motif and its meaning, and unfolds for us rich examples from textile collections in Russia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. She describes folk arts from Romania and Poland and relates her conversations with folk artists in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Her story ends in the United States with descriptions of public and private textile collections which contain goddess embroideries. Kelly weaves a tale of her search for the goddess Berehinia and her research on why goddess embroideries exist in Eastern Europe." ; 3; 215 pp. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS000471I

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