On Weaving

On Weaving


New Expanded Edition, By Anni Albers

The classic book on the art and history of weaving—now expanded and in full colour.

Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.

With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.

Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book’s original black-and-white illustrations with full-colour photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career.

Anni Albers (1899–1994) was one of the foremost textile artists of the twentieth century; her works are in major museum collections around the world. Nicholas Fox Weber is executive director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the author of The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism. Manuel Cirauqui is curator at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. T’ai Smith is associate professor of art history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Bauhaus Weaving Theory.

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Published October 24, 2017
Princeton University Press
Hardcover, 272 pages, includes 105 color + 28 b/w illus.
Dimensions: 22cm x 28cm (8 ½"x 11")
ISBN 9780691177854


Weaving, Hand
The Loom
Draft Notation
The Fundamental Constructions
Early Techniques of Thread interlacing
Interrelation of Fibre and Construction
Tactile Sensibility
Designing and Visual Organisation


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Chapter One - Weaving, Hand
Chapter Four - The Fundamental Constructions


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