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SLAVIC PATTERNS / BELARUS: Слуцкие пояса. Слуцкія паяцы [Slutsk sash]


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4°. 237 pp. with illustrations in text, [2], LIX black and white and colour plates, original cloth binding with illustrated cover, illustrated endpapers (good used condition, binding with light scuffs on the edges and small tears around the spine, lacking dustjacket?)
A detailed book in Belarussian with Russian title, issued by the Academy of Scence, explains the making of the traditional kontusz sashs. 

Kontush belts or kontusz sashs are long decorative cloth belts, originating from Persia and Turkey, which were a part of male noble clothing, mostly in the Eastern Europe. They were worn by Polish and Lithuanian nobility and are today declared to be a cultural heritage of Belarus. 

The illustrations in text present the weaving techniques and patterns, and accompanying colour and black and white plates examples of kontusz sashs. 

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