Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: University of Arizona Press (October 1, 1996)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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If you are looking for a great history book on Hopi baskets, this is the book. If you are looking for a "how to" book, this is not what you are looking for. It does state the technique used for various types of baskets, however doesn't tell you "how to" do those techniques. Beautiful photos, wonderful text, but not a "how to" book.
This book has beautiful pictures taken by the artist of Hopi basketry and the women who create it.It's a good source of information on the women of the Hopi tribe and their basketry. Before writing the book she spent a lot of time observing and interviewing these women, which makes her book more credible than if she had just researched or observed. The way she talks about the women feels personal, and her friendship and respect for them shows in the writing.I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the Hopi tribe or basket weaving in general. I also think that anyone who wishes to learn how to weave should read this to learn more about the cultural background of the art. However, even though Teiwes does talk about technique, it's not a how-to book.
This is not for the person who wants to learn how to do Hopi style baskets. This is a book for the intermediate to advanced basketweaver who wants to STUDY Hopi basket weaving. History of the traditions and the basketweavers abound and there is a plethora of photos. You can study this book for a long time before you need to move on to get more info. It's fascinating as well as a bit sad for the ancient art that is struggling to stay alive. (One example is that appparently no one grows the Hopi sunflowers anymore which was the source of natural black dye so now synthetic black dye has to be used.)I wish there were more color photos but I have no problem with the number of photos -- nice job there! If you've admired, bought or want to work in the Hopi style (with a basketweaving background already in place) then this book will be a valuable addition to your artist library.
This is a very informative book on Hopi basket weavers, starting with discussion of types of Hopi basket weaving. It contains many photographs of the weavers of the Second and Third Mesas and their works. Good addition to any American Indian basketry library.
This is my favorite reference on Hopi baskets and basketmakers. Helga Teiwes is well aquainted with the subject and her clear, concise writing style and beautiful photographs are a pleasure to see!
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