A totally pristine full-sized hardback 320
page all colour book with dual text - English and German.
It sometimes happens that a while after buying myself a book, a kind relative or friend sends me a copy as a gift - and of course I keep all my gifts. But there is no point keeping the gifts I make to myself and that is why this lovely and exciting book is looking for a new home.
I was lucky enough to see the exhibition of these fabulous hangings and covers at Leeds City Art Gallery some years ago - did you manage to get along? It was an astonishing experience - the colours glowed like ancient stained glass.
The patchworks have all abutted or let-in pieces - rather like a fabric marquetry or mosaics. The tradition is far longer standing than I had previously imagined, since many were made with upcycled damaged military clothing.
As you can guess from that clue, many were made by men during or after military campaigns, sometimes during convalescence. Often the hangings were used during religious gatherings in camp.
But others were made by men hoping to keep their hands too busy to raise a glass - as an antidote to alcoholism.
So some were pieced by men belonging to temperance societies. Others were made to raise money.
This is the definitive scholarly book on this interesting field of textile art. It is a fully researched and draws on beautifully photographed examples taken from across all Europe
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