Best Reference Books – Textile Design

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Textile Design subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Textile Design along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Textile Design subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Textile Design" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Watson’s Textile Design and Colour: Elementary Weaves and Figured Fabrics (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles)” by Grosicki Z

“Watson’s Textile Design and Colour: Elementary Weaves and Figured Fabrics (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles)” Book Review: This book has added new approaches to allow a clear understanding of the nature of woven structures. It is a comprehensive treatise on simple woven cloth construction and design.

2. “Textbook of Fabric Science: Fundamentals to Finishing” by Sekhri Seema

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“Textbook of Fabric Science: Fundamentals to Finishing” Book Review: This book provides an understanding to the world of fabrics by explaining the factors that contribute to the aesthetics as well as performance of a textile product. It adopts a systematic approach in defining and exploring the concepts of fabric science. It discusses the history, composition, classification and properties of textile fibres; focuses on the typical traits of the fibre family; deals with yarn production and its properties; covers weaving, knitting along with emphasis on type of fibres; highlights the colouration; and is aimed at enhancing consumer satisfaction. It is intended for students of Home Science and Fabric. Illustrations, examples, images and exercises are included.

3. “Watson’s Advanced Textile Design: Compound Woven Structures (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles)” by Grosicki Z

“Watson’s Advanced Textile Design: Compound Woven Structures (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles)” Book Review: This book represents a continuation and deals with compound woven structures. It represents the modern advances in manufacturing and need for a more logical organization.

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4. “Paisleys and Other Textile Designs from India (Dover Pictorial Archive)” by K Prakash

“Paisleys and Other Textile Designs from India (Dover Pictorial Archive)” Book Review: This book presents the unique collection of textile designs. It contains ornamental design patterns collected from India’s different regions, such as Banaras, center of fine arts, and exquisitely designed fabrics, as well as Kashmri, Punjab and other parts of North and South India. It features unique paisleys, a pattern with roots in Mughal art. Each design is clearly printed, featuring a wealth of intricate details. It is a valuable resource for fashion designers, embroiderers, and other textile artists.

5. “Textile Motifs of India (Pepin Press Artn Books)” by Pepin Van Roojen
6. “Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics” by Susan Meller

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“Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics” Book Review: This book remains unsurpassed as the biggest and most lavish survey of printed textiles. It presents a comprehensive selection of the colourful patterned fabrics used for clothing and interior decoration over the last 200 years. It also presents the printed calicos and cottons, the flowered cretonnes and chintzes, the polka-dot silks and foulards. It is designed for professionals in the fashion and decoration fields, designers, collectors and aesthetes.

7. “The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory: The Creative Use of Fabrics in Design” by Gail Baugh

“The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory: The Creative Use of Fabrics in Design” Book Review: This book is able to recommend fabrics to suit the effects you want to achieve, show you how the fabric will perform, and recommend ways of using it. Each fabric is accompanied by photographs presented in a way that makes the properties of the fabric come alive, allowing us to understand how a fabric might behave. It is designed for designers wanting to communicate their final vision through the appropriate use of fabric.

8. “Woven Textile Design” by Jan Shenton

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“Woven Textile Design” Book Review: This book provides details of weaving. It looks at how to draw up and interpret records and notation and explains how different types of cloth are constructed. It presents plain weaves, through twill weaves, textured weaves such as seersucker, crepe, and corded cloths to more complicated designs created with extra threads woven in, a wide range of patterns. It contains diagrams, weaving plants, examples, tips on using different yarns and colors to create stunning and unique designs.

9. “Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys” by Kate Fletcher

“Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys” Book Review: This book defines the field of design in fashion and textiles. It represents key stages of the life cycle: material cultivation, production, use and disposal; explore design approaches for altering the scale and nature of consumption, including service design, localism, speed and user involvement. It represents innovative ways of thinking about textiles and garments based on sustainability values and an interconnected approach to design. It is intended for fashion and textiles professionals and students interested in sustainability.

10. “The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design” by Alex Russell

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“The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design” Book Review: This book explores contemporary practice in printed textile design. It presents the process of creating designs, looking at the vital role played by drawing, colour, style and content. It also analyses how to build a professional portfolio, whether through traditional design staples or via a more original approach. It provides understanding to designers, practitioners. It provides strategies for developing an understanding of the fashion and textiles industry.

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