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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:48 am 
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Stumbled across the new book by David W. & Barbara G. Fraser, published by River Books:

Mantles of Merit $60.00
Chin Textiles from Myanmar,
India & Bangladesh

http://www.riverbooksbk.com/catalog/pro ... ucts_id=76


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Have you actually seen the real book? There are two or three members who have had the book on order for several months but the delivery has been delayed and delayed. I gather that the Frasers have been very particular about the quality of the printing.

It sounds as if it will be a great book when it is published. I know that it includes some photos of pieces in the collection of one our forum members.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:01 pm 
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Today brought me 2 emails with news of 'Mantles of Merit' - one from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... 95-3362837 saying that publication and delivery had been delayed for an estimated further 4-6 weeks and, a much more welcome email from forum member Digna. I hope that she will not mind me sharing part of it with you all:
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"Whilst in Yangon, I was fortunate to meet up with David and Barbara Fraser and we managed to find time to enjoy a meal together. They very kindly showed me a draft copy of their book, "Mantles of Merit" which I was only able to glance through, but found it to be very impressive. I can easily understand why it has taken so long to finalise.

We received an email from them last Friday saying that they have received an advance copy of the final version of "Mantles of Merit" and that the binding should start this coming week. They advise that the book should be available in Bangkok by the end of the month."

So, it sounds hopeful that the book will not be too long now and that it will be well worth the wait! Just to wet your appetites I am posting below a photo of the cover from Amazon.

Digna also gave news of another forthcoming book, this time on the Nagas - in which I know that several members have an interest - 'The Naga of Burma' by Jamie Saul with photography by Dominique Viallard. See Orchid Press (New Releases, Forthcoming Releases) http://d30021575.purehost.com/nr_forthcoming.html Whilst looking for the Naga book I saw that there is also a new book on the Dong - 'Vanishing Tradition: Architecture and Carpentry of the Dong Minority in China' by Klaus Zwerger for the Dong enthusiasts. As I shall be travelling to the land of the Dong next month and hope to see some of their fascinating architecture I can see that this will be on my wish list on my return! (See http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... =2391#2391 for further info on this book).


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Digna has emailed me today with a photo of the book cover of: "The Naga of Myanmar" by Jamie Saul - see below. Japie has been in touch with Digna and Neil to say that:
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"I am still awaiting final date of release of the book which still sits at the printers. Hopefully should know by the end of the week as the only impediment, I understand, is the delivery of "quality" paper which the printer had run out of and which is expected by now."
So, watch out for this book via Orchid Press.


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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 2:55 pm 
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You will all be happy to know that Mantles of Merit is in the bookstores in Thailand now, or at least one bookstore here in Chiang Mai: BookZone, which is also in Bangkok. Amazon should be soon to follow. It is well worth the wait, with lots of very good photos and information. It is hardback, published by River Books.

ALSO: Michael Howard's revised book on the textiles of Burma's hilltribes, called Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Burma; Volume I: The Naga, Chin, Jingpho, and Other Baric-speaking Groups, and published by White Lotus Press, is also available. The second volume will deal with the remaining groups: Tai, Upland Burmish, Karen, Lolo, Upland Mon-Khmer, Rwand, and Hmong-Mien, plus include a concluding chapter for both volumes. I got this one locally at Suriwong Books.

These ought to put the textiles of Burma on the map, so to speak! And even moreso, bring some attention and understanding to that little-known region which is a fascinating cultural crossroads.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:29 am 
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Please see Siriol and my posts on http://www.tribaltextiles.info/communit ... =1370#1370 (3rd and 4th posts on the thread) about the non-availability of 'Mantles of Merit' via Amazon.co.uk despite the misleading information on their website.

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At long last I have my copy of 'Mantles of Merit' which arrived from Hatchards today. I look forward to delving into it...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:18 am 
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Further to the information on James Saul's book 'The Naga of Burma' above I am, with regret, posting a link to his obituary in Hali http://www.hali.com/NewsAll.aspx?Action ... 1ea5eac978 Sadly Jamie died earlier this year at the end of a two-week trek in the remote Somra Tract of Myanmar near the border with India whilst pursuing his passion for the Nagas and their culture. He was accompanied on the trek by forum member Digna and her husband Neil who had also had the great good fortune to join him on several earlier research trips in the region. Neil has also directed me to a eulogy on the website of SPNH.com (Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Naga Heritage e.V.) http://www.spnh.com/Pages/English/Obitu ... _Saul.html

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