Photographs of the artworks and of Afghan women embroidering them are accompanied by examples of embroidered garments and textiles made by Afghanistan's diverse peoples. Such items reveal the country's complex demography and illustrate the kinds of embroideries that were widely traded during the years that Boetti visited.
Christopher G. Bennett is the Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Delaware. Roy Hamilton is senior curator of Asian and Pacific Collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Alma Ruiz is a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Photographer Randi Malkin Steinberger collaborated with Alighiero Boetti on two previous books, Accunto Pantheon and Boetti by Afghan People.
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From 1971 to 1994, Italian artist Alighiero Boetti designed a large body of textile work, called the arazzi, which was hand-embroidered by Afghan women working first in Kabul, and then in refugee campMay 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Order and Disorder: Alighiero...