For over one thousand years, velvet textiles were woven by hand with great ingenuity and artistry. This book recounts a transcontinental story of their development into one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and economically important products of the medieval and Renaissance periods, in constant demand at courts throughout Europe and Asia. Velvet expert Landry offers a consistent theory of the origin and spread of this weaving technique and the technological innovations that accompanied it. She draws from her lengthy personal expertise as a practicing weaver and scholar, examining, analyzing, and engaging in the techniques and technologies in order to excavate the intrinsic ideas and knowledge embedded in the craft of velvet weaving. The instructions feature techniques and equipment accessible to ordinary handweavers and introduce ways to attain complex results without complex equipment. This valuable resource for weavers, textile scholars, and curators for years to come.
Dr. Wendy Landry is a textile scholar and art educator with 45 years of weaving experience. For over 20 years, she has focused her research on velvet weaving around the world. In addition to ordinary historical research, she engages in experimental archeology to excavate its underdocumented techniques and technologies. She has documented the collection of Coptic textiles at the Mus? des Beaux-Arts de Montr?l and given papers and workshops on the subject of Coptic weaving and linen velvets of antiquity. Landry has taught on the faculty of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has also done textile analysis for Parks Canada on archeological textiles excavated mainly in Quebec City. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and several looms, including a drawloom whose pattern mechanism she built herself. For more velvet resources and to see her work, visit

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