The book discusses ancient to modern history, and geography of the region, as they affected production of suzanis. It includes 85 embroideries examples from most production areas and types with 340 color illustrations and 3 maps. http://SilkRoadSplendor.com
In elementary school, I was told that Asia is the biggest continent, China on its eastern edge is the most populous country in the world, and India on its southern edge is the second most populous country. Nothing else was important enough to pass on to students. So when I first started collecting Oriental textiles, it came as a pleasant surprise to find that all parts of Asia have been alive with interesting events for millennia.
Writing this book has been like reading a gripping novel. There is a plot, a story line, a cast of characters, character development, suspense, intrigue, greed, successes, failures, politics, wars, espionage, science, coded messages, tribal loyalties, families, love, and marriage. Every suzani has an interesting story to tell.
Many collectors approach textiles from an aesthetic viewpoint. Certainly, I first started collecting Oriental rugs, then later suzanis, because they are beautiful, but I quickly realized that, for me, collecting had a strong intellectual aspect. I have always been fascinated by the history and culture that they represent. "Collecting is not simply an accumulation of objects but also an exploration of how things have evolved in a historical context" writes George Hewitt Meyers.
Trying to understand the history and everything else about these embroideries has stimulated me. Each one has a fascinating story to tell about itself and the people who made it. As we admire their artistry, we are reminded how they were produced in sometimes dangerous conditions, while the artisans sought to brighten their lives and preserve their traditions.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Russell S. Fling, Columbus, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New dust. 9 x 12 Hardback in dustjacket in New condition; Illustrated by 340 color plates; The book discusses ancient to modern history, and geography of the region, as they affected production of suzanis; introduces technical analysis as a tool for studying suzanis by providing technical information on the pieces published; suggests greater rigor in dating and location of production; critically reviews the literature on suzanis and makes contributions to that literature; and adds to the published examples of suzanis. -Cover Includes: Global timeline with parallel entries of key names and events in Persia, Central Asia, Mughal Empire, China, Russia, and steppe nomads85 embroideries, including examples from most production areas and types12 unique pieces never before published340 color illustrations60-plus images of people42 monochrome illustrations from mid 19th century210 terms in glossaryBibliography with 160 references3 maps401 end notesFull index. "Using his own collection primarily as a point of departure, rather than a set of absolute standards, he provides the interested reader with a fascinating story of the attitude of Central Asian cultures toward beautiful things, and examines the results of this attitude with precise and informative writing, a deep aesthetic appreciation, and most important of all, an open mind. The result is a book that will inform and delight, instruct and entertain. An engineer-turned-collector, then a collector-turned-teacher, Russ Fling has given us all an important gift of knowledge and beauty."- Walter Denny; 4; xv + 300 pp. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS009211I