- ISBN 9780500514665
- 28.00 x 24.00 cm
- 480 Illustrations, 475 in colour
- First published 2009
‘Be prepared to be humbled by the exquisite designs and beautiful workmanship of artisans from every corner of the globe … today’s mass-produced kitsch items pale into significance against the painstakingly innovative crafts exhibited here’ – Real Travel
This is the first worldwide survey to cover such an astonishing range of crafts. It includes sections on North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia and Oceania, and 90 crafts.
The techniques used, from backstrap weaving and papercutting to metal casting and wood carving, and their histories are explained and illustrated, highlighting an incredible and dazzling diversity of styles. Some of the objects included are traditional, while some are modern but made using traditional techniques.
Berber flatweaves, North African amulet pendants, Tibetan tiger rugs, Japanese origami, Maori fish hooks, South American carved gourds, Amazonian pottery, Hungarian painted eggs, Venetian glass beads, Pacific totem poles, Shaker boxes...
With a wealth of illustrations, a bibliography, information on museums and collections, this is an essential resource for anyone concerned with art, craft and decorative objects.
About the Authors:
Bryan Sentance is an artist, illustrator and educator in the fields of arts and crafts and is author of Wood, Ceramics, Basketry and (with John Gillow) World Textiles. Polly Sentance has had a lifelong enthusiasm for ethnic crafts and has worked on several craft books as a researcher and photographer.