[Kashmir long shawl (detail), circa 1840-1850, National Museum of India, from Pashmina: The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond, by Janet Rizvi with Monisha Ahmed, reviewed by Steven Cohen, Hali, autumn 2009. Photo by Ashok Kumar.]
Initially I only planned to mention an intriguing post about color in oriental rugs and textiles over at R. John Howe: Textiles and Text, but then I remembered these ravishing images from Hali's review of Pashmina: The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond (Marg Publications 2009).
Writing for Hali, Steven Cohen described the book as a much needed, refreshingly fact-based volume about a type of Indian textile that has often been misrepresented. So, textile enthusiasts might want to add this one to their bookshelves. Personally, after reading the R. John Howe color post, I'm seeing all sorts of woven things in a new light.
[Color wheel via R. John Howe: Textiles and Text.]
R. John Howe: Textiles and Text offers coverage of The Textile Museum's morning programs. In short, a virtual version of the lectures that visitors in Washington, D.C. experience. Wendel Swan's talk about the appeal of color in rugs was especially interesting. Click here to learn what Swan means when he says, in rugs, colors are like "musical chords" and the context of the hues alters our perceptions.