Elena Phipps was a textile conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over thirty years. She has published numerous scholarly works on textile materials, techniques, and culture.
"A masterclass in concise writing, covering the importance of
textiles to different cultures over the years and the wider
knowledge historians may gain from the careful and thoughtful
examination of historic textiles."
--Jenny Sargeant "The Journal of Dress History" (6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"A 'must' for any serious arts collection strong in textile history and creation."--Midwest Book Review
"An elegant volume. . . . Enthusiasts will delight in the crisp illustrations of everything from details of passementarie (the elaborate trim on clothing, often lace) to a beautiful Iranian silk embroidered panel from the 17th century."--Art Libraries Journal
"This guide should be worthwhile for amateurs and professionals interested in historical textiles."--Choice