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Textiles : the Whole Story : Uses, Meanings, Significance

Author: Beverly Gordon
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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TEXTILE ARTS. There are few aspects of our lives--physical, emotional, spiritual--in which thread and fabrics do not play a notable part. Beverly Gordon reminds us memorably and movingly of the powerful significance of fabric throughout human history. Her expertise is enriched by her own hands-on experience: spinning silk from silkworm cocoons, weaving cloth, and creating natural dyes. In addition, she has studied  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beverly Gordon
ISBN: 9780500291139 0500291136
OCLC Number: 843808878
Notes: Originally published: 2011.
Description: 304 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: The Very Fabric of Existence: Textiles in human consciousness --
Living on the Earth: Textiles and human survival --
The Ties that Bind: The social meanings of textiles --
Cloth and Temporal Power: Money, trade, status, and control --
Cloth as Communication: Expressing meaning, messages, and beauty --
Textiles and the Spirit: The sacred, spiritual, and healing signifiance of cloth.
Responsibility: Beverly Gordon.

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Looks at the myriad roles played by textiles in all aspects of human life, from ancient weavings to light-sensitive and other futuristic fabrics of our own era. This title discusses how textiles are  Read more...

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When this book was published in hardcover in 2011, I called it 'a bravura scholarly performance' . . . It is a pleasure to see this paperback form, at roughly half the original price.--Stanley Read more...

 
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