R.L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award: 2014 Nominees

Nominations for the 2014 R.L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award are in and what an exciting list of works it includes! The annual Shep Book Award, recognizes the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies and awards a cash prize funded by an endowment established by R.L. Shep in 2000. The fifteen 2014 nominees are global in reach and feature the textile traditions of five conti- nents including works examining the exchange of cloth between continents. Included on the list are works that push the boundaries of textile scholarship—probing deeply into familiar traditions, examining others less well known or even overlooked. They contribute new insights into cloth and culture. The winner of the 2014 Shep Book Award will be announced in 2015 and honored at an Awards Dinner during the 15th Biennial Symposium (October 19-23, 2016) Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port, in Savannah, Georgia.

The nominations process for books published in 2015 will open in Fall 2015.

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Anawalt, Patricia Rieff, Shamanic Regalia in the Far North, London; New York: Thames & Hudson, 192 pages, 108 color and black and white illustrations ISBN: 9780500517253

Arnold, Denise and Penelope Dransart, eds., Textiles, Technical Practice and Power in the Andes, London: Archetype Books, 370 pages,189 color illustrations ISBN: 9781909492080

Baumgarten, Linda, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, New Haven: Yale University Press, published in association with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 356 pages, 320 color and 54 black and white illustrations ISBN: 9780300207361

Denny, Walter, How to Read Islamic Carpets, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 144 pages, 146 color illustrations, ISBN: 9780300208092

Eaton, Linda, Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850, New York: The Monacelli Press, 384 pages, 600 illustrations and photographs ISBN: 9781580933933

Finn, Patrick J., Quilts of India: Timeless Textiles, New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 390 pages, 500+ photographs ISBN: 9789381523933

Greene, Susan W. Wearable Prints, 1760-1860: History, Materials, and Mechanics, Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 568 pages, c. 1600 color illustrations ISBN: 9781606351246

Hamilton, Roy W., Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea, Los Angeles: Fowler Museum at UCLA, 252 pages, 280 color and 23 black and white illustrations, 3 maps ISBN: 9780984755080

Isaacs, Ralph, Sazigyo: Woven Miniatures of Buddhist Art: Burmese Manuscript Binding Tapes, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Silkworm Books, 256 pages, 920 color illustrations ISBN: 9786162150739

Knothe, Florian and Mei-yin Lee, Embroidered Identities: Ornately Decorated Textiles and Accessories of Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Hong Kong: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, distributed by the Columbia University Press, 328 pages, color illustrations ISBN: 9789881902269

Newell, Aimee E., A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America, Athens: Ohio University Press, 312 pages, 83 photographs ISBN: 9780821420522; Electronic Edition ISBN: 9780821444757

Sharatt, Nicola, Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas, New Haven: Yale University Press, 128 pages, 70 color illustrations ISBN: 9780300200720

Turnbaugh, Sarah Peabody and William A., Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 176 pages, 470 color and 35 black and white photos ISBN: 9780764347290

Varadarajan, Lotika, Zhao Feng, Marie Louise Nosch, eds., Global Textile Encounters, Oxford; Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 312 pages ISBN: 9781782977353

Electronic Edition ISBN: 9781782977360 Riggs, Christina, Unwrapping Ancient Egypt, London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 384 pages, 68 black and white illustrations ISBN: 9780857855398