The Art of Mankind

  1. Mary Schoeser
  • ISBN 9780500516454
  • 28.00 x 23.00 cm
  • Hardback without Jacket
  • 568pp
  • 1058 Illustrations, 1058 in colour
  • First published 2012

A major new large-format, sumptuous publication that highlights the beauty and complexity of textiles around the world 
and down the ages

‘As good as it gets … a wonderful resource and reference book … this wonderfully illustrated book is a rich visual feast … clear and thought-provoking’ – Selvedge
‘Can be picked up often as a reference, an inspiration, or for personal refreshment … an extraordinary accomplishment that pays tribute to this field and its practitioners’ – Surface Design Journal
'The writer’s knowledge of the field and her practical experience of making are evident throughout … a sumptuous – and well-written – design resource aimed at inspiring textile art and design of the future’ Textile History
‘With its sumptuous cloth cover and more than 1,000 colour images of historical and contemporary textiles, this fascinating journey through the history and meanings of textiles cannot fail to impress’– Embroidery

Textiles sample spread

Textiles are the most ubiquitous and diverse creative art 
form on earth. This new book celebrates their spectacular and enduring appeal like no other.

Mary Schoeser's knowledge is gleaned from a lifetime in the textile arts to present a sweeping survey of the role textiles have played throughout history.

• Over 1,000 historical and contemporary images and highly informed texts illustrate the huge variety of materials, as well as their possible manipulations and treatments.
• Detailed descriptions include histories of private collections and underscore the importance 
of context for appreciating the detail of fabric and cloth.
• An extensive resource section provides information about museum and textile associations around the world, making this the one book that all lovers of textiles will want to own.

Mary Schoeser is a leading authority in the field of textiles and is Honorary President of the UK Textile Society. Her previous books include World Textiles: A Concise History, Silk and Sanderson, all published by Thames & Hudson.