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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
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Kassia St Clair
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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

Kassia St Clair


John Murray

Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
History: earliest times to present day;
Social & cultural history;
Industrialisation & industrial history;
Textile industries


368 pages

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From the mummies of Ancient Egypt; via the silken dragon robes of Imperial China and the woollen sails of Viking longboats to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution (and sparked more than one war); arriving finally at the lab-blended fibres that have allowed astronauts to moonwalk - fabrics, manmade and natural, have changed and shaped the world we live in.

In twelve fascinating chapters, Kassia St Clair lays out an alternative history of civilisation and human creativity. Wittily written and compellingly argued, this book will change the way you see the world.

By:   Kassia St Clair
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9781473659032
ISBN 10:   1473659035
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kassia St Clair studied the history of women's dress and the masquerade during the eighteenth-century at Bristol and Oxford. She has since written about design and culture for the Economist, House & Garden, Quartz and 1843. Her much acclaimed first book The Secret Lives of Colour was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. She lives in London.

Superb... this dazzling book puts fabric at the very heart of human history. * STRONG WORDS * The Golden Thread will make you rethink your relationship with fabric * ELLE DECORATION * A joyful commingling of text and textiles in 13 beautifully wrought stories. We visit a cave where dyed fibres more than 30,000 years old have been discovered; goggle at the starched intricacy of sixteenth-century lace ruffs; flinch over astronauts' nappies and the sodden sleeping bags of early polar expeditions; and savour the idea of materials spun from spiders' webs. * NATURE * A charming, absorbing and quietly feminist history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits... I devoured this book * SUNDAY TIMES * The history of the world through the eye of a needle... Fascinating... I recommend this book to anyone * THE SPECTATOR *

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