(This is an entry in the Annotated Bibliography.)
Ginsburg, Madeleine, ed. The Illustrated History of Textiles. Foreword by Charles Saumarez Smith. New York: Portland House, 1991.
This beautiful book, edited by a former Victoria & Albert Museum staff member, is an admirable effort to combine different aspects of the textile study into one volume. Containing numerous full-color photographs, it covers historical development, stylistic change, technological innovation, as well as textile conservation and collecting. It seems to be an excellent overview and a useful resource, especially relating to the museum field. It is not instructional regarding construction, though it has textile care information. It contains many full color images. It contains extensive notes and a bibliography.
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