Re: Oh Hat Mavens...
>(Great outfit in your picture in the files,Indeed not sir! :o) Far too much British television... I have the leather
> > btw, very flash, and dead sexy boots too!)
>"Dead sexy?" HAve you been consorting with our Kiwi friends?
sitting around somewhere for a pair of jigsaw-appliqued Ottoman boots in
pink and brown, one of these years. I've also found a pair of Ottoman boots
made in the same way from silk brocades, but they date to 1667.
>I saw Mehmed the Conqueror's talismanic shirt in the "flesh" so toDid actually, it's mentioned in my big book of the Topkapi Saray textiles
>speak at an exhibit in DC. Did you know the bottom outside facing on
>that shirt is bias?
and garments. It looks like the facing panels on shirts and caftan were
usually cut on the bias.
>One of the caftans had toggle buttons made of fired clay cylinderOooh, that's interesting...I'd so far been hypothesising that the buttons
>beads with a wire stuck perpindicular out of the side of cylinder as
>a shank. Button was covered in silk wrapped around, through center,
>around, through center etc. This could be seen quite clearly on some
>of the frayed buttons. But in the catolag, they show you a close up
>of the unfrayed, uninformative buttons. Sheesh!!(If I may steal one
>of Kass's favorite words)
were silk wrapped over a wooden core, and clay never occurred to me. Thank
Book is "Islamic Textiles" by Petricial L Baker, British Museum Press.
Another great book is Silk and Religion: an exploration material life and the thought of the people AD 600-1200, by Xinru Liu, Delhi: Oxford University Press 1996, ISBN 0195636554. It's very rare and hard to get (mine is a photocopy from Fischer Library at Sydney Uni), but eminently worth the trouble.
I also want a copy of "Silk for the Sultans" about the Ottoman textile industry, but seeing as that's $375 USD it's not going to happen...