Disposals

From time to time we come across titles in our research library and textiles in our collection that are no longer relevant to our core interests.

As a trial we have decided to offer a few of these on this new webpage. Please note that we are textile scholars, not dealers.

If you are interested please contact davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

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Books for Sale
Textiles for Sale

 

Books for Sale

Bedouins of Qatar

Ferdinand, Klaus, 1993. Bedouins of Qatar, The Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project, Thames and Hudson and Rhodos International Science and Art Publishers. 399 pages.

 

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Book in dust wrapper covered in a protective plastic cover

 

The al-Naim and al-Murrah Bedouins are two different groups of nomadic peoples in modern Qatar. The al-Naim lived an almost sedentary existence by the coast of northern Qatar, often moving by boat and engaging in pearl fishing. In complete contrast, the al-Murrah of South Qatar traversed the vast and sandy reaches of southem Arabia on camelback.

This book is a product of The Carlsberg Foundation Nomad Research Project, which draws on the rich Middle Eastern and Central Asian ethnographic collections of the National Museum of Denmark, as well as on recent social and cultural anthropological studies of nomadic groups in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and North Africa.

This volume incorporates fieldwork carried out among the Qatari Bedouins in 1959, just before their lives were radically altered by a rapid expansion of the oil industry. Its chief focus is on everyday life and adaptations to the natural and social environment as well as on these groups' material culture, especially the structure and function of the tent. A richly illustrated catalogue of artifacts is supplemented by a unique collection of photographs which document the lives of both groups during winter and spring. A record of fast-disappearing customs and folk arts, 'Bedouins of Qatar' also offers a striking example of a fragile way of life whose traditions may soon be lost under the pressures of development.

 

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Book in dust wrapper covered in a protective plastic cover

 

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Clean front end papers

 

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Title page

 

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Pages 168 and 169

 

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Pages 206 and 207

 

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Back of book in dust wrapper covered in a protective plastic cover

 

An extremely rare title, sold with dust wrapper covered in a protective plastic cover. Condition fine. Never used, therefore as new. No markings. Not ex-library.

Price fixed at £600.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

Bedouins of Qatar - Second Copy

Ferdinand, Klaus, 1993. Bedouins of Qatar, The Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project, Thames and Hudson and Rhodos International Science and Art Publishers. 399 pages.

 

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Front of dust wrapper

 

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Clean front end papers

 

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Title page

 

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Pages 136 and 137

 

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Pages 274 and 275

 

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Back of book in dust wrapper

 

An extremely rare title, sold with dust wrapper. Condition fine. Never used, therefore almost as new. No markings. Not ex-library.

Price fixed at £600.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

 

Afghan Craftsmen

Olesen, Asta 1994. Afghan Craftsmen: The Cultures of Three Itinerant Communities, The Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project, Thames and Hudson and Rhodos International Science and Art Publishers. 320 pages.

Asta Olesen lived among and studied nomadic craftsmen in Afghanistan. Occupational specialisation among ethnic groups is a significant but largely neglected aspect of rural life in this country. A myriad of communities of artisans, tradesmen, and entertainers, each forming a descent group, lead an either settled, nomadic or semi-nomadic way of life. 

In her book Asta Olesen describes the life and work of the migrating Musalli threshers, Shaykh Mohammadi pedlars and Ghorbat sievemakers, their historical backgrounds and relations with settled peasants, merchants, and other townspeople. While the Musallis are of Indian and the Ghorbat presumably of Iranian origin, and both form occupationally specialised descent groups, the Shaykh Mohammadi have emerged as a spiritual community in Afghanistan, which over time has absorbed various unrelated occupational groups. 

With their flourishing myths and legends, typical of the general West Asian religious folklore, the three communities draw on Sufi inspiration for the organisation of their craft guilds, a fact which so far has been little explored in Afghanistan. 

Contents: Fieldwork among itinerant peoples – East Afghan economy and society – The Musalli threshers – The Shaykh Mohammadi pedlars – The Ghorbat sievemakers – Conclusions - Appendix: The Kesb Nāma (Professional book of Potters, Blacksmiths, Carpenters, Barbers, Laundrymen and Dyers. An abridged translation from Pashto by the interpreter Mohammad Azim Safi) -  Musalli Myth, Shaykh Mohammadi Myth and Ghorbat Myths and Legends – Bibliography - Glossary - Index.

328 pages. 173 illustrations – 100 in colour - and 7 maps.

 

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Front of book in dust wrapper

 

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Front end papers. Note pen and pencil marks on top right hand corner

 

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Title page

 

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Pages 154 and 155

 

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Pages 212 and 213

 

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Back of book in dust wrapper. Note old price sticker

 

Hardcover sold complete with dust wrapper. Book condition fine. Some shelf-rubbing on the dust cover. Two prices, one in pencil and one in pen, in small lettering on the top corner of the front end paper. Original Thames and Hudson price sticker on the rear dust cover.

Price fixed at £25.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

Master Dyers to the World

Gittinger, Mattiebelle, 1982. Master dyers to the world: Technique and trade in early Indian dyed cotton textiles, Textile Museum, Washington D. C. 207 pages.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of same name at the Textile Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), and the Asia Society Gallery (New York). The book tells the little-known story of a masterful craft of the Indian people that survives to this day. Ubiquitous Indian bedspreads, dresses, scarves and dhurri rugs are still a major export, covering the world with lavish color and design.

 

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Front of book showing some wear

 

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Pages 122 and 123

 

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Back of book showing some wear

 

Paperback in good condition inside. Some small scuff markings on the outer covers.

Price fixed at £17.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

Ethnic Embroidery of India, Part 1

Shrikant, Usha, 2000. Ethnic Embroidery of India, Honesty Publishers & Distributors, Mumbai, India, 144 pages. Second edition.

A beautifully illustrated volume in colour, including line drawings of patterns with directions, a glossary and pictorial boards.

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  • Origin of Indian Embroidery
  • Embroidery of Bengal
  • Embroidery of the Banjara Tribe
  • Embroidery of Gujarat and Rajasthan
  • Embroidery of Karnataka
  • Embroidery of Kashmir
  • Embroidery of Punjab
  • Embroidery of Uttar Pradesh
  • Gold and Silver wire Embroidery of Uttar Pradesh

 

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Front of book

 

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Title pages

 

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Introduction to the Embroidery of Punjab. Note the opaque section dividers

 

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Back of book

 

Hardback in good condition. No marks. A hard to find, out-of-print title.

Price fixed at £45.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

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Textiles for Sale

Russian Embroidered Costume

A complete traditional Russian woman's costume, composed of a blouse, skirt, apron and red headband along with two pairs of red leather boots.

The linen and red cotton blouse (bluska) is decorated with cross-stitch embroidery and linen lace

The synthetic blue sateen skirt, which appears to be of a more recent date, has been decorated with a band of traditional cross-stich embroidery on a red cotton ground.

The linen and red cotton apron (yubka) is decorated with cross-stitch embroidery and open linen thread work.

The red velvet headdress is decorated with plastic pearls.

Probably from the Volga region of southeast Russia.

 

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The complete Russian costume, excluding the second pair of boots

 

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The bluska blouse

 

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The yubka apron

 

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Detail of the blouse front

 

The costume comes with two sets of red leather lace-up boots with soft leather soles, embellished with strips of false fur. They appear to have been used for dancing.

 

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Two pairs of red boots

 

The fixed price for the complete costume is £250.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

Qaraqalpaq Aq Basqur Yurt Band - SOLD

A rare aq basqur or 'white head band' woven in the Aral Delta, which lies to the south of the Aral Sea in Qaraqalpaqstan, western Central Asia. It appears to have never been used.

This aq basqur has a white warp-faced cotton ground, a pair of orange tramlines running along each edge, and a bold relief decoration of raised knotted pile of synthetically-dyed sheep's wool that stands out strongly against the white background.

It was woven on a simple o’rmek horizontal ground loom using the shalma technique, known more strictly as symmetrical knotting on a warp-faced ground (or symmetrical knotting on alternate warps). The Qaraqalpaqs lost the ability to make yurt bands using this technique around three or more decades ago.

It is about 10 metres long, 30 centimetres wide and weighs around 4.35 kg.

 

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The rolled-up aq basqur

 

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The aq basqur or 'white head band' was wrapped around the shoulder of the yurt roof with its decorative front facing inwards. The aq basqur was effectively the Qaraqalpaq family's picture gallery. As the eye scanned each panel around the yurt it was akin to reading an episode from a short story.

The band is decorated with a sequence of different panels, each incorporating a row of traditional Qaraqalpaq motifs, many based on arrangements of rams' horns. These rams' horn motifs are amuletic, believed to have the power to repel the evil eye.

 

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The complete unrolled aq basqur

 

 

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A selection of the decorative panels

 

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Note that the band has a join at its centre. There are some small patches of damage in this central section, probably caused by clothes moth attack in Qaraqalpaqstan. When we aquired the band twelve years ago, we immediately subjected it to preventative treatment. It was deep frozen at minus 30 degrees Centigrade twice, the duration of each treatment lasting for five days.

 

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The central lateral join

 

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Above and below: tiny areas of damage around the centre of the band

 

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Price fixed at £280.

The price excludes shipping and insurance, either within or from the UK. We leave the choice of delivery method to the discretion of the purchaser and will simply add the cost to the purchase price.

Please contact us if interested. Our e-mail is davidandsue@asiantextilestudies.com

 

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