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Asian art books to inspire your love for the Far East.
  • Buddhist Storytelling in Thailand and Laos: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll and the Asian Civilisations Museum
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    This richly illustrated, full-colour volume offers an innovative study of the long, painted scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos that depictthe Prince Vessantara Buddhist birth story. A 31-metre scroll in the Asian Civilisations Museum provides the focus for this popular narrative. The scroll is reproduced in its entirety, with comparative illustrations from other scrolls. The authors analyze these scrolls in the context of the Bun Phra Wet – the Thai-Lao and Lao ceremony in which they are used – and consider the complex interplay of text, art, ritual, and belief which occur in these performances.

    Hardcover

    178 Pages

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  • Wrapping with Fabric- Your Complete Guide to Furoshiki
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    Wrapping with Fabric- Your Complete Guide to Furoshiki

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    Wrap anything from a wine bottle to a yoga mat with this practical Japanese fabric-wrapping book.

    Long before today's eco-friendly philosophy of "reduce, reuse, recycle" entered America's collective consciousness, furoshiki—the Japanese method of wrapping things with fabric—flourished as a time-honored and practical art form. In Wrapping With Fabric, Etsuko Yamada—born into a long-line of furoshiki makers in Kyoto—explains the "one cloth, many uses" ideology behind the craft, the etiquette of color and the craft's fascinating history. From there, she shares the myriad ways in which a few basic techniques can transform a simple square of cloth into an elegant wrapper.

    Use your folded fabrics to:
    • Gift-wrap anything from books to flowers
    • Bundle up a picnic
    • Tote items around
    • Use as a handbag or backpack
    • Make into a pillow covering
    • Create decorative coverings for vases, tissue boxes, and more
    A quiet reminder that opportunities for artistry are everywhere around you, Wrapping With Fabric is the craft book that makes it easy to bring a touch of grace and ingenuity to everyday life—and help preserve the environment, too.

    • Paperback
    • Tuttle Publishing, 2014
    • 112 pages
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  • Amazing Origami Kit
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    Amazing Origami Kit

    $ 18.95

    The Amazing Origami Kit is designed for origami paper folders of all ages and all skill levels—from novices up to more experienced folders. It provides everything you need to create exciting and original origami art. The gorgeous folding papers feature delicate patterns with gold detailing, recalling the one-of-a-kind traditional designs used in the Japanese kimono fabrics from a bygone era.

    This origami kit contains:
    • A full-colored 64-page booklet
    • Clear step-by-step instruction and diagrams
    • 17 fun-to-do projects
    • 144 high-quality origami folding sheets
    • 2-sided, full color folding paper
    • 13 custom paper designs
    • 6 3/4 X 6 3/4 size paper
    • The sturdy box doubles as a display pedestal.

    One of the wonderful aspects of origami is it's simplicity. The paper folder needs nothing more than something to fold—no glue, no tape, no string or wire—just a piece of paper! Though the materials are simple, origami exemplifies the ability of the human mind to solve problems and create beautiful harmony. Origami is relaxing and peaceful, but it is also fun and exciting to discover new ways to fold paper. With Amazing Origami's simple instructions, origami beginners will be able to get started immediately. With the beautiful, Japanese origami paper, experienced paper folders can create unique origami art.

    Origami projects include:
    • Luna Moth
    • Tortoise
    • Carp
    • Leaf
    • Peacock
    • Butterfly
    • Koi
    • Chinese Pinwheel
    • And many more…
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  • Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
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    Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

    $ 16.00

    Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional...

    Author Leonard Koren was trained as an architect but never built anything-except an eccentric Japanese tea house-because he found large, permanent objects too philosophically vexing to design. 

    • Paperback
    • 96 pages
    • Imperfect Publishing, 2008
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  • A Tradition Redefined: Modern & Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection
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    Drawn from the Chu-tsing Li collection of modern and contemporary Chinese paintings—the finest and most comprehensive of its kind in the West—A Tradition Redefined is the first in-depth exploration of the development of Chinese ink painting during the last half century. These extraordinary paintings demonstrate the reinvigoration of classical techniques and materials by artists throughout Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and abroad working with distinctly contemporary perspectives.

    Illuminating essays situate these new works within the rich history of ink painting in China, revealing how avant-garde artists, schools, and trends evoke traditional and early modern Chinese art while engaging with developments in the international art world. With artist biographies and handsome reproductions of many previously unpublished paintings, this book is essential for scholars and collectors of Asian art as well as for participants in the increasingly globalized contemporary art scene.

    Softcover

    244 Pages

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