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A Study of Okinawan Textiles -- 1976, 2 Volume Set
Shikosha Publishing Co, Kyoto, Japan 1976 - Volume I. "A Study of Okinawan Textile Fabrics" & Volume II. "A Study of the Cultural Value of Okinawan Textiles," Kyoto, Shikosha Publishing Co, 1976, small 4to (8 1/2 x 12 in - 21.7 x 30.3 cm, textured cloth boards. This is the continuation of a study of Okinawan textiles that the authors first begin in 1939 under the sponsorship of the Japan Folk-craft Association (Nihon Mingei Kyokai). The first major publication of the study was a similar set of books by the same authors in 1952. This updated set is an important work that documents the early textiles of Okinawa, much of which were destroyed during World War II. - Volume I: 6 pages (unpaginated, including 1 page in English), 81 numbered pages (text in both Japanese and English) which include 40 pages of color photographs. Each photograph page presents a numbered example of textile (often 2 different images per page) and on the facing page information in Japanese and English regarding that textile is provided. There are a total of 53 different fabric examples. An exquisite array of fabrics is presented made from such fibers as cotton, silk and banana plant. Often the class of people that worn that type of textile is indicated as well as the age and locale of use. - Volume II: 4 page preface in English, 291 numbered pages (text in Japanese). The text is augmented by numerous photographs, drawings, sketches and maps. The photographs show examples of fabric as well as people wearing clothing from the fabric, people engaged in manufacturing (weaving and sewing) fabric and sights around Okinawa. The sketches and drawings depict, among other things, examples of weaving equipment and fabric patterns/designs. All the images appear to be pre-WWII. A few of the photographs in this volume (approximately 4) are in color. Included are the as issued thick white cardboard slipcase with the title on the spine and thick cardboard distribution box with the title label tipped on. ~ Condition. Both volumes are in Fine condition. Volume II has a bookseller's sticker ("Isshindo") inside the back cover. The slip case is in Very Good condition with soiling. The cardboard distribution box is in Very Good condition with soiling, stains and small puncture areas. ~~ Heavy Set. Packed the set weighs 8 pounds and additional postage will apply for mailing to an address outside the United States.
      [Bookseller: George C. Baxley]
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