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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:45 am 

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This recently published article is a very welcome addition to the dearth of information about these beautiful textiles. Eric Boudot has evidently been researching this genre for some time while living in China. Called 'Simply Silk; Woven Bedcovers of Southwest China's Ethnic Minorities', it covers (sorry...) blankets of the Maonan, Tujia, Buyi, Dai, Dong, Jinxiu Yao, Miao and Zhuang with selected photos. The text discusses the weft-patterning technique used, its disappearance in most regions, and its possibly ancient history as shown in stone carvings of backstrap looms in ancient tombs.

The issue is #155, Spring 2008 and the article is on pages 65-71. This issue also includes a short article about Cambodia as revisited by Jonathan Hope after 14 years; he previously wrote about Khmer weft ikat silks in Hali issue #90, 1997. And there are some short, interesting pieces on Turkoman textiles to round it out.

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