War Imagery in Women’s Textiles

An International Study of Weaving, Knitting, Sewing, Quilting, Rug Making and Other Fabric Arts


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About the Book

Through the centuries, women have used textiles to express their ideas and political opinions, creating items of utility that also function as works of art. Beginning with medieval European embroideries and tapestries such as the Bayeux Tapestry, this book examines the ways in which women around the world have recorded the impact of war on their lives using traditional fabric art forms of knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, weaving, basketry and rug making. Works from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, the Middle and Near East, and Oceania are analyzed in terms of content and utility, and cultural and economic implications for the women who created them are discussed.
Traditional women’s work served to document the upheaval in their lives and supplemented their family income. By creating textiles that responded to the chaos of war, women developed new textile traditions, modified old traditions and created a vehicle to express their feelings.

About the Author(s)

Deborah A. Deacon is an art historian and retired navy commander who resides in Arizona. She has curated exhibitions on women’s textiles and war, photography, and Japanese anime and manga.
Paula E. Calvin is an art historian and a board member of the National Docent Symposium Council. She was previously an urban planner and a board member of Women’s Transportation Seminars.

Bibliographic Details

Deborah A. Deacon and Paula E. Calvin
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 56 photos (19 in color), glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7466-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1660-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface  1

Introduction  3

One. Europe  19

Two. The United States of America  44

Three. Canada  72

Between pages 96 and 97 are 19 color images

Four. Latin America  97

Five. Asia and the Pacific Rim  124

Six. The Middle East and Central Asia  158

Epilogue  193

Glossary of Textile Terms  199

Chapter Notes  203

Bibliography  221

Index  235