Book: Fabric of Civilization


Since the first thread was spun, fabric has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. This book traces this surprising history, exposing the hidden ways textiles have made our world.

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

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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 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 :
  • 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: 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 : Hachette UK
  • 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: Women s Work


Drawing on the latest archaeological and technological research, this intriguing study of women's history explores the relationship between the development of the fiber arts and women's roles in society.

  • Author : E. J. W. Barber
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release : 16 January 1994
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 13 : 0393313484

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Drawing on the latest archaeological and technological research, this intriguing study of women's history explores the relationship between the development of the fiber arts and women's roles in society.

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: Worn


A sweeping and captivatingly told history of clothing and the stuff it is made of—an unparalleled deep-dive into how everyday garments have transformed our lives, our societies, and our planet “A masterpiece . . . panoramic and richly ...

  • Author : Sofi Thanhauser
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release : 25 January 2022
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 13 : 9781524748401

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A sweeping and captivatingly told history of clothing and the stuff it is made of—an unparalleled deep-dive into how everyday garments have transformed our lives, our societies, and our planet “A masterpiece . . . panoramic and richly particular”—Geraldine Brooks, bestselling author of Years of Wonder In this panoramic social history, Sofi Thanhauser brilliantly tells five stories—Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool—about the clothes we wear and where they come from, illuminating our world in unexpected ways. She takes us from the opulent court of Louis Quatorze to the labor camps in modern-day Chinese-occupied Xinjiang. We see how textiles were once dyed with lichen, shells, bark, saffron, and beetles, displaying distinctive regional weaves and knits, and how the modern Western garment industry has refashioned our attire into the homogenous and disposable uniforms popularized by fast fashion brands. Thanhauser makes clear how the clothing industry has become one of the planet's worst polluters, and how it relies on chronically underpaid and exploited laborers. But she also shows us how micro-communities, textile companies, and clothing makers in every corner of the world are rediscovering ancestral and ethical methods for making what we wear. Drawn from years of intensive research and reporting from around the world, and brimming with fascinating stories, Worn reveals to us that our clothing comes not just from the countries listed on the tags or ready-made from our factories. It comes, as well, from deep in our histories.

Book: The Pocket


A New York Times Best Art Book of 2019 “A riveting book . . . few stones are left unturned.”—Roberta Smith’s “Top Art Books of 2019,” The New York Times This fascinating and enlightening study of the tie-on pocket combines ...

  • Author : Barbara Burman
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 24 April 2020
  • Category: Design
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 13 : 9780300253740

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A New York Times Best Art Book of 2019 “A riveting book . . . few stones are left unturned.”—Roberta Smith’s “Top Art Books of 2019,” The New York Times This fascinating and enlightening study of the tie-on pocket combines materiality and gender to provide new insight into the social history of women’s everyday lives—from duchesses and country gentry to prostitutes and washerwomen—and to explore their consumption practices, sociability, mobility, privacy, and identity. A wealth of evidence reveals unexpected facets of the past, bringing women’s stories into intimate focus. “What particularly interests Burman and Fennetaux is the way in which women of all classes have historically used these tie-on pockets as a supplementary body part to help them negotiate their way through a world that was not built to suit them.”—Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian “A brilliant book.”—Ulinka Rublack, Times Literary Supplement

Book: Textiles


The social history behind fashionable materials - and how they got their name.

  • Author : Fiona McDonald
  • Publisher : Pen & Sword
  • Release : 16 January 2022
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 13 : 184884509X

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The social history behind fashionable materials - and how they got their name.

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 : 16 January 2022
  • 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.

Book: Textiles


A highly-illustrated celebration of the creativity and beauty of the textile arts juxtaposes historical and contemporary pieces from around the world.

  • Author : Mary Schoeser
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 16 January 2022
  • Category: Design
  • Pages : 568
  • ISBN 13 : 0500516456

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A highly-illustrated celebration of the creativity and beauty of the textile arts juxtaposes historical and contemporary pieces from around the world.

Book: The Substance of Style


Intelligent, incisive, and thought-provoking, The Substance of Style is a groundbreaking portrait of the democratization of taste and a brilliant examination of the way we live now.

  • Author : Virginia Postrel
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 17 March 2009
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 13 : 9780061852862

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Whether it's sleek leather pants, a shiny new Apple computer, or a designer toaster, we make important decisions as consumers every day based on our sensory experience. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how Americans live and work. The twenty-first century has become the age of aesthetics, and whether we realize it or not, this influence has taken over the marketplace, and much more. In this penetrating, keenly observed book, Virginia Postrel makes the argument that appearance counts, that aesthetic value is real. Drawing from fields as diverse as fashion, real estate, politics, design, and economics, Postrel deftly chronicles our culture's aesthetic imperative and argues persuasively that it is a vital component of a healthy, forward-looking society. Intelligent, incisive, and thought-provoking, The Substance of Style is a groundbreaking portrait of the democratization of taste and a brilliant examination of the way we live now.