The Art of Mankind


An important book that highlights the beauty, subtlety, simplicity and complexity of textiles around the world and down the ages

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Mary Schoeser


The definitive volume celebrating the richness, subtlety and endless creativity of the textile arts.

• Over one thousand colour images reveal the beauty and huge variety of textiles in stunning detail.

• By juxtaposing historical and contemporary pieces from around the world – from ancient embroidered panels to cutting-edge, digitally printed fabrics – the author highlights an unbroken story of skill and invention stretching back thousands of years.

• Detailed captions and hundreds of close-ups illustrate the allure of textile materials, as well as their possible manipulations and surface treatments.

• Six chapters cover such themes as imagery, structure and decoration, while an extensive list of resources provides valuable information about artists, museums and associations around the world.

Additional information

Weight 3291 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2012
Number of pages 568
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.6 x 28.8 cm
Weight 3291 g


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Mary Schoeser is a leading authority in the field of textiles and is Honorary President of the UK Textile Society. As an adviser on historic textiles and wallpaper, she has worked with organizations such as English Heritage, the National Trust, Liberty in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Schoeser has organized many textile exhibitions, including a collaboration with the Design Museum at the University of California, Davis, to highlight elements of their collection researched in connection with this book. Her previous publications include International Textiles and World Textiles.