In Powerful Headdresses, 120 African and Asian headdresses come to life in marvelous reproductions. Made by remarkably skilled craftsmen, each distinctive form of headwear has an opulence and symbolism of its own. Constructed with plant materials such as fibers, seeds, leaves, and flowers, as well as feathers, shells, teeth, and fur, each of these articles was designated for a different member of society. The headdresses were worn by initiates, hunters and warriors, religious dignitaries and healers, rulers and notables, unmarried girls, married women, and young mothers. Some examples also include iron, copper, silver, and gold. Powerful Headdresses illustrates and explains the significance of these important cultural symbols, and explains how, as trade increased, knowledge of new techniques and methods of fabrication advanced the decorative beauty of historic headwear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne van Cutsem-Vanderstraete, an art historian, is the author of many books, articles, and catalogs on ethnic art and culture.
An internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design. Excerpt from Introduction:
“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.”
Measuring: 9.8" x 13.0", 300 pages