1996 · Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi
by Pavia, Roland; Bernard Dupaigne
Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi: Ferozsons, 1996. Reprint. Hardcover. g to vg. Small Folio. 136pp. Original pictorial dustjacket over olive leatherette with white lettering at spine. Illustrated endpaper. Though Afghanistan is a country proud of its traditions and independence outside cultural influences, Hellenistic, Indian, Buddhist, Arabian, Mongol, Uzbek, and Persian cannot be overlooked. Rich in its history, divers in its landscapes, Afghanistan is a stronghold of traditions and art forms and asides of the economic aspects of embroidery, it expresses the soul of the Afghan family and enriches its history. "Women embroider, not only from pleasure or duty, but equally as a statement of their value and of their love for their husband and children. Gifts to prominent guests mark the status of the donor's family. The curtains cushions and decorative bands the the women make for their house represent their offering towards the beauty of the home, a gift to their husband and family, a contribution to the ceremonies of hospitality, a sign of honor and of gratitude" (Dupaigne). Profusely illustrated with exquisite color photographs throughout and some drawings of various stitches used in the craft. DJ rubbed with some wear along edges. Wavy and some discoloration of inside front cover due to water exposure. DJ and binding in overall good, interior in very good condition.
(Inventory #: 37767)