I have been working on a new project, which I will blog about shortly, and I thought that I would get out my copy of The Shining Cloth by Victoria Z. Rivers. It is a great book, a bit of a classic now, published in 1999. Every page has something gorgeous on it, and the photographs are stunning. It’s a study of ornamented clothes from a wide variety of countries, but mainly Asia and Africa. Most of it is tribal costumes. I pick the book up from time to time when I want some ideas about beading. I have used it so often that the cover came away from mine as I was using it, which gives it a battered field guide quality which I really like. I was looking for neckpieces to study, and I find drawing is the very best way of studying something and seeing how it fits together. Here are the drawings I made from various pages:
I am making a series of neckpieces which I will share in my next blog posts.