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1 Diana K. Myers and Susan S. Bean (eds)
From the Land of the Thunder Dragon: Textile Arts of Bhutan
Serindia Publications; Chicago, USA; 2008; 1932476423 / 9781932476422; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Bhutanese textiles are among the last of the major arts of Asia to gain recognition in the West, and this is the first book to present this outstanding art form in its cultural and historical context. Bhutan's textiles, especially the intricate brocades and complex supplementary-warp patterns, are unmatched anywhere in the world. This art, with a steadily growing and devoted following in the West and Japan, has become Bhutan's most powerful emblem abroad. This volume, first published in 1994 (now reprinted in 2008) in conjunction with a special exhibition organized by the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, covers all aspects of Bhutan's textiles and weaving heritage, from the central role of women - more than 80 percent of Bhutanese women contribute to their household's income by weaving - to fibers, dyes, and looms, to the functioning of beautiful cloth as an item of trade and an indicator of historical change and social identity. This copiously illustrated book reveals the richness, originality, and striking beauty of Bhutanese textiles. Examples come from the Peabody Essex Museum, which holds the largest such collection of any North American museum, and public and private collections in Bhutan, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The illustrations are supplemented by field photographs and rare archival images. Printed Pages: 248 with 130 colour and 20 b/w illustrations. 023522

Price: 45.00 USD
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2 Susan S. Bean
Timeless Visions: Contemporary Art of India from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection
Peabody Esses Museum; Salem, Massachusetts, USA; 0883891131 / 9780883891131; First Edition; Paperback; Fine; 
Printed Pages: 95 with numerous colour photographs. 017802

Price: 14.50 USD
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3 Susan S. Bean
Yankee India: American Commercial and Cultural Encounters with India in the Age of Sail 1784-1860
Mapin Publishing; New Delhi, India; 2001; 8185822832 / 9788185822839; Hardcover; New; New; 
Built around mariners' journals of their pioneering voyages, Yankee India charts the early development of commercial and cultural relations between the United States and India in the Age of Sail. The end of colonial rule in 1783 had given American merchants and ship owners the freedom to trade in Asia. Voyages from ports along the eastern seaboard were the first American links to the distant and exotic culture of India.Mariners' journals and letters speak of encounters with vastly different ways of life that sometimes challenged and sometimes reinforced ideas about decorum, religion, and morality and that influenced attitudes toward imperialism, legitimate rule, and free trade. Material embodiments of India at the time?prints, paintings, and figurines depicting Indian scenes and people?augment and illustrate the story. Previously untapped archives and collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, whose founders were captains and supercargoes in the Asia trade, provide the principal resources.These first encounters between the US and India laid the foundation for American views of India had an impact on intercultural encounters. Printed Pages: 288 with 182 colour illustrations. 112021

Price: 32.50 USD
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