Reading List

Aside from titles we are offering at our Bookstore on this site, here are some essential books that will enrich your understanding of the textiles shown on this site:


Bird, Isabella. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, San Francisco, Travelers' Tales, Inc., 2000

Brandon, Reiko Mochinaga. Country Textiles of Japan: The Art of Tsutsugaki, Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1986

Dalby, Liza. Kimono: Fashioning Culture, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001

Durston, Diane. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life, Storey Publishing, LLC, 2006

Hamilton, Roy W. and Milgram, B. Lynne, editors. Material Choices: Refashioning Bast and Leaf Fibers in Asia and the Pacific,Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2007

Jackson, Anna. Japanese Country Textiles, New York and Tokyo, Weatherhill, 1997

Katoh, Amy. Japan Country Living: Spirit, Tradition, Style, Rutland Vermont & Tokyo, Japan, Charles E. Tuttle Company

Koide, Yukiko and Tsuzuki, Kyoichi  Boro: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan, Tokyo, Aspect, 2008

Miyamoto, Tsuneichi. The Forgotten Japanese: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore, Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2010

Nakano, Eisha with Stephan, Barbara B. Japanese Stencil Dyeing: Past-Resist Techniques, New York and Tokyo, Weatherhill, 1982

Rathburn, William (editor).  Beyond the Tanabata Bridge: Traditional Japanese Textiles, Thames and Hudson/ Seattle Art Museum, 1993

Takeda, Sharon Sadako & Roberts, Luke.  Japanese Fisherman's Coats from Awaji Island, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Tomita, Jun and Noriko. Japanese Ikat Weaving: The Techniques of Kasuri, London, Boston, Melbourne and Henley, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982

Wada, Rice, Barton. Shibori: The inventive Art of Japanese Shape Resist Dyeing, Tokyo, New York, London, Kodansha International, 1983, 1999

Williams, Dai and Yoshida, Shin-Ichiro.  Riches from Rags: Saki-ori & Other Recycling Traditions in Japanese Rural Clothing, San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, 1994

Balfour-Paul, Jenny. Indigo, London: British Museum Press, 1998

Gillow, John and Barnard, Nicholas. Traditional Indian Textiles, New York: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1991

Guy, John. Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East, New York: Thames and Hudson, Ltd. 1991

Kinsley, David. Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1986.

Lynton, Linda. The Sari: Styles, Patterns, History, Techniques, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1995

Mason, Darieele (editor). Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal, Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2009

Stoddard, Patricia Ormsby. Ralli Quilts: Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India, Atglen, PA, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2003

Tarlo, Emma. Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996