Stuff Slovenska L'udova Vysivka (Slovakian Tecniques and Ornaments)
by Anna Chlupova
ISBN-10: None
ISBN-13: None
HC w/ Dust Jacket
Pages: 537
Language(s): Other
Very Good/Very Good - Light cover and edge wear.

Out Of Stock
From the English summary provided in the book: Embroidery is considered to be the most characteristic and spread manifestation of the Slovak national creative art. It was an important decorative component of the folk costume which influenced its variability in a high degree.

In Slovakia a great number of types and variants of embroidery has been developed. This was the result of the different landscape and social-economic conditions. Embroidery was influenced also by various styles, for example the Renaissance, Baroque and Biedermeier, the ornamental design of which was conformed to the taste and needs of the folk creators. As for the technology and creative expression, the national embroidery in Slovakia reached the climax in the second half of the 19th century. Embroidery in western Slovakia, especially in the surroundings of Bratislava, Trnava and Piesfany, was distinguished for the profuse designs and types of the technique with the prevailing pre-drawn plant pattern. Central Slovakia was characterized by the figured threads technique and the geometrical ornament. Significant regions were Cicmany, Krupina and the river Hron region. In eastern Slovakia embroidery was not so common while the interweaving decoration of textile and clothing had a longer tradition. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that embroidery began to be applied here but compared to western and central Slovakia it did not reach such a technological and creative level.

In this book we make the reader acquainted with the comprehensive information on the historical development of embroidery and its components such as materials, techniques, ornamental design and color. We present the concrete samples from 26 regions in Slovakia.

The publication is a telling demonstration of the wealth of the Slovak folk embroidery. A great number of patterns may serve as an inspiration for embroidering activity of our women. This is also the purpose of the book which is to actualize history and to revive the traditional techniques and patterns in words and pictures.