The new issue of Jacquard starts with an anthropological and ethnographic exploration of the research activities that guide and generate the reconstruction of ancient textile practices. It offers a new perspective on textile studies at the intersection of technical anthropology, scientific studies, history, sociology and the anthropology of knowledge.
Interdisciplinarity features again in the essay by a weaver-scholar who entertains us with a brilliant excursus of erudite insights and intriguing reflections on striped fabric and much more. Studded with apposite citations, it offers an expansive reading that broadens the horizons of the textile world.
This is followed by the study of a clothed mannequin of Our Lady of Dolours in the Cathedral of Trento which introduces us to the work of a Milanese embroiderer called Rinaldo Martini, who was active with his workshop in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The next two articles take us to China: the first explores the fascinating Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum in Sichuan province, while the second illustrates in detail a lady’s court robe with lavish embroidered decoration.
Then there are two pieces dealing with the Banners of the Piedmont Friendly Societies. One addresses the features and significance of these flags, while the other describes the restoration of several of them. There is also a restoration report on another banner: that of the Musical Band of Quiesa.
The issue ends with the tales of two artists, Gabriella Bottaru and Luigi Golin, who present their textile works in a dazzling array of colours, emotions and the experimentation of mixed techniques.
Jacquard Magazine, 2021 Subscription
The 2021 Jacquard Magazine subscription is available here at a reduced price. The subscription includes two issues of the current year (six-monthly magazine), the first issue is released by June (nr.87), the second by December (nr.88).
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