Travels Through the Paintbox

by Victoria Finlay. Part travelogue, part history, Colour remembers a time when red was really the colour of blood, orange was the poison pigment, blue was as expensive as gold, yaks carried green along the silk road, and an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, Colour unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours. 512 pages. Sceptre (2003)

Living With Decorative Textiles
Tribal Arts from Africa, Asia and the Americas

by Nicholas Barnard. More and more people in the West are realizing the decorative possibilities of folk textiles-as wall hangings, upholstery, floor and cushion covers. This unrivalled guide features comprehensive information of weaving traditions from around the globe, and an abundance of ideas for the use of tribal textiles in apartments and houses with expert advice on locations, lighting, hanging, and conservation. 192 pages. Thames and Hudson, London (1989)


by Jenny Balfour-Paul. The compelling story of the world’s oldest, most magical and best-loved dye, and the incredible impact it has had on the many civilizations that discovered its potential. Indigo will take pride of place in any library of world art or design, and among textile books it sets a new standard of excellence. 264 pages. British Museum Press, London (1998)

The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book

by Rachel Brown. This big, beautiful book with 435 illustrations is the clearest and most comprehensive ever published on the subject--it explains everything the expert or beginner needs to know on how to weave, spin, and dye, and enriches your appreciation of the textile arts. 366 pages. Knopf, New York (1978)