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Dragons & Silk

From the Forbidden City

Once as precious as gold, rich in symbols of authority, a lure to merchants to Imperial China, silk has been enfolded in secrets and mysticism since 2000BC. Incredibly, not until the Middle Ages did the West discover even the most rudimentary skills of its manufacture. Some of the finest embroideries were made for the Imperial Court in the Forbidden City, where a mandarin in a dragon robe carried the power of the Emperor. Power, poetry, philosophies: here all the symbols are explained and illustrated on actual garments as the secrets of silk in China are fascinatingly unraveled.

The Close-Up series is the very first of its kind to give you fascinating, concise introduction to over 100 individual aspects of China and its to peoples, past and present. Each topic is presented by chosen experts in their fields who write with brevity for the intelligent reader. Illuminating text is supported by the work of international photographers, with maps and diagrams, to give a Close Up picture that satisfies curiosity while encouraging further reading. Together, the titles build up an encyclopedia covering every wonderful aspect of China, a vast country that is only now revealing its true mystery and magnificence.

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Teresa Coleman - Author

Specifications

Publication Date : 1999
Category : HISTORY/Costume
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622174892
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-489-4
Edition : First Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 12.95, GB£
Hardback Price : US$ , GB£
Format : 10in x 7in
Pages : 32
Photos : 133

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