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    Abundant images and scant text: reading textile pattern books

    Sykas, Philip A ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2986-9768 (2007) Abundant images and scant text: reading textile pattern books. In: Textiles and Text: re-establishing the links between archival and object-based research. Archetype, pp. 23-28. ISBN 9781904982265

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    Textile pattern books usually originate from business archives, and normally present textile samples alongside written text. Thus they form a natural subject for the theme of ‘textiles and text’. This paper uses examples drawn from recent research on pattern book archives to illustrate how object-based study can be used to support or to critique related text-based study. Examples show how artefactual data analysed on visual terms can generate new information unobtainable by other means, and this information can subsequently be used to evaluate other written texts or artefactual evidence. Techniques discussed include pattern matching and stylistic sequencing.

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