Book: The Fabric of Civilization


Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world's most influential commodity.

  • Author : Virginia Postrel
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9781541617612

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From Paleolithic flax to 3D knitting, explore the global history of textiles and the world they weave together in this enthralling and educational guide. The story of humanity is the story of textiles -- as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. In The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo's David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code. Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world's most influential commodity.

Book: The Fabric of Civilization


The story of humanity is the story of textiles-as old as civilization itself.

  • Author : Virginia Postrel
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 07 December 2021
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 1541617622

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From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an "expansive" global history that highlights "how textiles truly changed the world" (Wall Street Journal) The story of humanity is the story of textiles--as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. In The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo's David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code. Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world's most influential commodity. "We are taken on a journey as epic, and varying, as the Silk Road itself.... [The Fabric of Civilization is] like a swatch of a Florentine Renaissance brocade: carefully woven, the technique precise, the colors a mix of shade and shine and an accurate representation of the whole cloth." --New York Times "Textile-making hasn't gotten enough credit for its own sophistication, and for all the ways it undergirds human technological innovation--an error Virginia Postrel's erudite and complete book goes a long way toward correcting at last." --Wired

Book: Fabric of Civilization


The story of humanity is the story of textiles-as old as civilization itself.

  • Author : Virginia Postrel
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 10 November 2020
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 1541617606

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Fabric of Civilization Book Summary :

From Paleolithic flax to 3D knitting, a global history of textiles and the world they made The story of humanity is the story of textiles -- as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. In The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo's David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code. Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world's most influential commodity.

Book: The Power of Glamour


An exploration of glamour, a potent cultural force that influences where people choose to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote, offers empowerment to be smarter about engaging with the world.

  • Author : Virginia Postrel
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 05 November 2013
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN 13 : 9781416561118

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An exploration of glamour, a potent cultural force that influences where people choose to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote, offers empowerment to be smarter about engaging with the world.

Book: The Golden Thread How Fabric Changed History


Exploring the enduring association of textiles with “women’s work,” Kassia St. Clair “spins a rich social history . . . that also reflects the darker side of technology” (Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post).

  • Author : Kassia St. Clair
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Release : 12 November 2019
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 9781631496363

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A Sunday Times (UK) Book of the Year Shortlisted • Society of Authors' Somerset Maugham Award A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week The best-selling author of The Secret Lives of Color returns with this rollicking narrative of the 30,000-year history of fabric, briskly told through thirteen charismatic episodes. From colorful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to the Indian calicoes that sparked the Industrial Revolution, The Golden Thread weaves an illuminating story of human ingenuity. Design journalist Kassia St. Clair guides us through the technological advancements and cultural customs that would redefi ne human civilization—from the fabric that allowed mankind to achieve extraordinary things (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic records) and survive in unlikely places (outer space and the South Pole). She peoples her story with a motley cast of characters, including Xiling, the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Offering insights into the economic and social dimensions of clothmaking—and countering the enduring, often demeaning, association of textiles as “merely women’s work”—The Golden Thread offers an alternative guide to our past, present, and future.

Book: Women s Work The First 20 000 Years Women Cloth and Society in Early Times


Elizabeth Wayland Barber has drawn from data gathered by the most sophisticated new archaeological methods—methods she herself helped to fashion.

  • Author : Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 17 September 1995
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780393285581

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"A fascinating history of…[a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself." —New York Times Book Review New discoveries about the textile arts reveal women's unexpectedly influential role in ancient societies. Twenty thousand years ago, women were making and wearing the first clothing created from spun fibers. In fact, right up to the Industrial Revolution the fiber arts were an enormous economic force, belonging primarily to women. Despite the great toil required in making cloth and clothing, most books on ancient history and economics have no information on them. Much of this gap results from the extreme perishability of what women produced, but it seems clear that until now descriptions of prehistoric and early historic cultures have omitted virtually half the picture. Elizabeth Wayland Barber has drawn from data gathered by the most sophisticated new archaeological methods—methods she herself helped to fashion. In a "brilliantly original book" (Katha Pollitt, Washington Post Book World), she argues that women were a powerful economic force in the ancient world, with their own industry: fabric.

Book: World Textiles


Shows examples of textiles from around the world, including textiles decorated using paint, dyes, sewing, embroidery, and other embellishments.

  • Author : John Gillow
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 22 September 2021
  • Category: Antiques & Collectibles
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 13 : 0500282471

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Shows examples of textiles from around the world, including textiles decorated using paint, dyes, sewing, embroidery, and other embellishments.

Book: Cotton


This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe.

  • Author : Giorgio Riello
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 11 April 2013
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 13 : 9781107328228

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Today's world textile and garment trade is valued at a staggering $425 billion. We are told that under the pressure of increasing globalisation, it is India and China that are the new world manufacturing powerhouses. However, this is not a new phenomenon: until the industrial revolution, Asia manufactured great quantities of colourful printed cottons that were sold to places as far afield as Japan, West Africa and Europe. Cotton explores this earlier globalised economy and its transformation after 1750 as cotton led the way in the industrialisation of Europe. By the early nineteenth century, India, China and the Ottoman Empire switched from world producers to buyers of European cotton textiles, a position that they retained for over two hundred years. This is a fascinating and insightful story which ranges from Asian and European technologies and African slavery to cotton plantations in the Americas and consumer desires across the globe.

Book: Threads of Life


Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework.

  • Author : Clare Hunter
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release : 15 October 2019
  • Category: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9781683357711

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A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their “disappeared” children. In Tudor, England, when Mary, Queen of Scots, was under house arrest, her needlework carried her messages to the outside world. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances. Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents—from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland—to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.

Book: World Textiles


Showcases textiles from around the world through color photographs of garments, close-up views of the fabric, and captions that describe the designs, symbolism, history, and techniques of each piece.

  • Author : Diane Waller
  • Publisher : Interlink Publishing Group Incorporated
  • Release : 01 October 2011
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 1566568706

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Showcases textiles from around the world through color photographs of garments, close-up views of the fabric, and captions that describe the designs, symbolism, history, and techniques of each piece.

Book: World Textiles


A history of textiles and their significance and use in cultures from prehistoric times to the present discusses materials, techniques, and design and considers the influences of the trade in textiles and technological changes.

  • Author : Mary Schoeser
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 22 September 2021
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 13 : 0500203695

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A history of textiles and their significance and use in cultures from prehistoric times to the present discusses materials, techniques, and design and considers the influences of the trade in textiles and technological changes.