Ch 5: Textiles by Country & Culture

About This Chapter

The fun lessons in this chapter can help you learn more about textiles in various countries and cultures. Examine textiles from Africa, Japan, Peru, Guatemala and other countries to prepare for a class discussion, quiz or test on the subject.

Textiles by Country & Culture - Chapter Summary

Feel confident that you have a quality understanding of textiles in various countries and cultures by reviewing this chapter's engaging lessons. Developed by top instructors, the lessons take a close look at the textile industry around the world and within specific countries and cultural groups, both historically and in present day. With each lesson is a short quiz you can take to assess your knowledge of textiles by country and culture. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have a good grasp of the following:

  • What textiles are found around the world
  • What textiles exist among Australian Aborigines
  • How fabric, designs, patterns, techniques, arts, and artists make textiles unique in Africa
  • How textiles began and evolved in Africa
  • Which textiles were common in early America
  • What the facts and history of Aztec textiles are
  • How textiles evolved in China, Guatemala, India and among the Inca and Islamic populations
  • What was included in the art and design of Japanese textiles
  • What the textile history is and who the artists are in Japan
  • How textiles developed historically among the Mayans, Moroccans, Native Americans, Otomis, Peruvians and Turkish
  • What makes Suzani textiles unique

30 Lessons in Chapter 5: Textiles by Country & Culture
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Textiles Around the World

1. Textiles Around the World

What do Turkish rugs, silk scarves from China and knitted Irish sweaters have in common? They're all textiles! In this lesson, we'll explore a few of the many types of textiles made around the world.

Aboriginal Textiles

2. Aboriginal Textiles

Sometimes, cultures are introduced to new materials and ideas and completely restart their artistic programs. Other times, they don't. In this lesson, we'll look at one of the oldest artistic cultures in the world, and see what it looks like today.

African Textiles: Fabric & Designs

3. African Textiles: Fabric & Designs

Palm trees, indigo dye, and bold patterns; What do these things have in common? People use them to make and decorate cloth in Africa. In this lesson, explore fabrics and designs found in African textiles.

African Textiles: Patterns & Techniques

4. African Textiles: Patterns & Techniques

Colorful, bold, striking. These are a few words that come to most people's mind when viewing African textiles. But how do people put designs on the fabric? In this lesson, we'll explore some patterns and techniques used in making African textiles.

African Textile History

5. African Textile History

The history of African textiles spans centuries in time and reflects the ancestral traditions of the African people. Learning about the types of fabrics used in cloth-making and understanding their cultural significance are major goals of this lesson.

African Textiles: Art & Artists

6. African Textiles: Art & Artists

Adinkra and bogolan. Geometric designs and modern experimentation. African textiles are a fascinating blend of tradition and innovation. In this lesson, learn about the art of African textiles and explore some artists who work in this medium.

Early American Textiles

7. Early American Textiles

Find out about early American textiles from their early origins to the Industrial Revolution. Learn how colonists employed cloth production methods that are still used today.

Aztec Textiles: Facts & History

8. Aztec Textiles: Facts & History

To both the conquered and conquering people who lived within the Aztec Empire, art was a major part of society, and one of their most revered arts was textiles. In this lesson, we'll talk about the production, symbolic meaning, and history of textiles in the land of the Aztecs.

Ancient Chinese Textiles

9. Ancient Chinese Textiles

Few cultures have taken textiles as seriously and for as long as the Chinese. In this lesson, we'll talk about the techniques and styles of Chinese textiles as well as their impact on world history.

Guatemalan Textiles History

10. Guatemalan Textiles History

Guatemala was once home to one of the greatest civilizations of the Americas, and as such, has a lengthy artistic heritage. In this lesson, we'll talk about one art form in particular that has continued to define Guatemalans to this day.

Incan Textiles: History & Patterns

11. Incan Textiles: History & Patterns

To the people of the Inca Empire, few things were as important as their textiles. In this lesson, we'll explore the techniques and tradition of Inca weaving, and see how this art form defined Inca civilization.

India's Textile History

12. India's Textile History

Indian textiles are some of the oldest internationally exported products in the world. In this lesson, we'll talk about that history and explore what the textile industry means to India today.

Islamic Textiles: History & Designs

13. Islamic Textiles: History & Designs

Few art forms have been as important to the Islamic world as textiles. In this lesson, we'll talk Islamic textiles across history and see how changes in style reflect major changes in the global role of Islam.

Japanese Textiles: Art & Design

14. Japanese Textiles: Art & Design

Have you ever wondered how colorful textiles are designed? In Japan, making and decorating fabric is a very old art form. In this lesson, we'll explore some beautiful, fascinating methods related to the art and design of Japanese textiles.

Japanese Textiles: History & Artists

15. Japanese Textiles: History & Artists

Japan is home to several distinct and long-preserved cultural traditions. One that has defined Japan for centuries is textile production. In this lesson, we'll talk about textiles in Japanese history and explore this art form across Japanese society.

Mayan Textiles History

16. Mayan Textiles History

Maya civilization is full of incredible works of art. One that does not always get the attention it deserves is weaving. In this lesson, we'll talk about Maya textiles and explore their characteristics and significance.

Moroccan Textiles History

17. Moroccan Textiles History

Morocco has a long and complex history, one which is mirrored in its arts. In this lesson, we'll explore Moroccan textiles and talk about how their designs, techniques, and uses reflect Moroccan life.

Native American Textiles: History & Design

18. Native American Textiles: History & Design

North America has been home to a wide number of Amerindian cultures, and each developed their own textile traditions. In this lesson, we'll explore the textile traditions of North America and see how these have changed over time.

Otomi Textiles History

19. Otomi Textiles History

Mexico is famous for many forms of handicrafts, including its textiles. In this lesson, we'll talk about a specific kind of Mexican textile and see how it reflects the history of the region.

Peruvian Textiles History

20. Peruvian Textiles History

The history of Peruvian textiles is as rich and varied as any culture ever studied. Much of the high-quality, long-lasting fiber is taken from indigenous alpaca and llama, weaving a tapestry of not only the deeply formed Peruvian culture, but its link to the very heart of the Andean landscape that surrounds it.

Suzani Textiles

21. Suzani Textiles

Textiles are some of the most important art forms in many cultures. In this lesson, we'll talk about suzani textiles and explore their history and significance.

Turkish Textiles History

22. Turkish Textiles History

To discover what can happen to textile production in a country where it represents the wealth of the king, give this lesson on the Turkish textile industry a good read.

Navajo Weaving: History & Patterns

23. Navajo Weaving: History & Patterns

Weaving is one of the most important art forms in Navajo society. In this lesson, we'll explore some of their major artistic motifs and see what they have meant to the Navajo over time.

Navajo Weaving: Tools & Techniques

24. Navajo Weaving: Tools & Techniques

Navajo rugs and blankets were historically vital to the Navajo economy and have been sought-after items for over 150 years. How did a culture create such beautiful weaving without the use of modern weaving machinery? This lesson will discuss the tools and techniques of Navajo weaving.

History of Persian Rugs

25. History of Persian Rugs

Have you ever enjoyed walking through a very thick plush rug? How long would take to make such a rug by hand? In this lesson, explore the history behind Persian rugs.

Persian Carpet Weaving: Types & Techniques

26. Persian Carpet Weaving: Types & Techniques

Bold geometric patterns and colorful floral designs. Plush pile and bright weaves. What do these things have in common? They're found in Persian carpets. In this lesson, explore types of carpets and techniques involved in Persian carpet weaving.

Indian Weaving: History & Patterns

27. Indian Weaving: History & Patterns

Do you love bright colors? India has a rich heritage of making textiles. In this lesson, explore Indian weaving history and learn about some basic patterns.

British Textile Inventions & Technology

28. British Textile Inventions & Technology

In this lesson, study about British textile inventions and technology that have changed the history and science of fabric-forming systems. Learn how and why British textiles have contributed to social advancements.

The British Textile Industry in the Industrial Revolution

29. The British Textile Industry in the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution began in England in the late 18th century. It was kickstarted by innovations to the British textile industry and led to growth in other industries as well.

Scandinavian Textile Design

30. Scandinavian Textile Design

Do textile designs represent the places from which they come? People from Scandinavia who design textiles would certainly say they do. In this lesson, learn about the history of Scandinavian Textile Design and some companies and people involved in it.

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