Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads: Journeys between East and West, Past and Present

Italiano (Italian)

Hardcover –  2022

by Sarah E. Braddock Clarke (Editor), Ryoko Yamanaka Kondo (Editor)

This title will be released on September 8, 2022
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Visual Arts; Illustrated edition (September 8, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages

With over 200 color illustrations, Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads examines in detail the eclectic iconography of the Byzantine period and its impact on design and creativity today. Through an examination of the extraordinary variety of designs in these captivating silks, an international team of experts reveal that Byzantine culture was ever-moving and open to diverse influences across the length of the Silk Road. Commentaries from curators at key collections – including the Museum of Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian (Cooper Hewitt), the V&A and the Vatican – reveal the spread of silk embroidery and designs from East to West, and from West to East, from China to Rome, and from Constantinople to Korea. Drawing on exclusive imagery from worldwide collections within museums, churches and archives as case studies, their analysis of these unique woven silks explores the relationship between color and power, material culture and status, and offers broader insight into Byzantine culture, trade, society and ceremony.

About the Author

Sarah E. Braddock Clarke is Senior Lecturer and researcher, Falmouth University, UK and co-author of Digital Visions for Fashion + Textiles (2012), Techno Textiles 2 (2005), SportsTech (2002), and Techno Textiles (1998).

Ryoko Yamanaka Kondo is Emeritus Professor, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata, Japan and researcher at the Institute for European, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.