Broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses.
Also in print: King Ready Ref GT511 .P46 2004
(3 simultaneous users) Comprehensive online encyclopedia of art and cultures. Good resource for learning the cultural/artistic context of textiles.
Grove Art Online contains more than 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts - painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography - from prehistory to the present day. It contains the full-text of the The Dictionary of Art, considered the landmark encyclopedia of world art. It also includes all 2,800 articles from The Oxford Companion to Western Art. In addition, Grove Art Online provides digital access to over 200,000 searchable images through three collections: Art Resource, Bridgeman Art Library, and Art Image Links. Topical coverage of Grove Art Online is very broad, and includes extensive biographies of artists in all visual media, and articles on major styles and forms, criticism, cultures and civilizations, iconography, materials, and movements.