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Threading time : a cultural history of threadwork

Author: Dolores Bausum
Publisher: Fort Worth, Tex. : TCU Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author uses a generic conception of threadwork--all kinds of work done with thread, fiber & yarn--to explore the essential link between the human spirit & the art of connecting threads, relying primarily on art & literature sources.


In a ground-breaking survey taken primarily from literary sources, Threading Time reveals the essential link between the human spirit and the art of connecting threads. Whether looking at stories about clothing made in the Garden of Eden, a medieval manuscript, or modern fiction and poetry, the author traces the importance to humankind of a craft that has never ceased since it began at least forty thousand years ago. The author's conception of threadwork throughout is generic, including all kinds of work done with thread, yarn, or fiber. In the author's long-range view, threadwork becomes more than a garment, a rug, or a tapestry on the wall. It is often a bond shared with contemporaries and with ancestors, a link between humans and cultural beliefs, even a tie between humankind and the Divine. This age-old association of interwoven fibers and humanity is found today in a metaphor that is used to convey the concept of shared traditions, values, and beliefs: the fabric of society. A rip in the fabric can be alarming; mending it is necessary to avert instability and even chaos. Threading Time opens with stories from biblical traditions that continue to influence society. Next come portrayals of threadworkers in Greek and Roman myths and those suggested on the famous marble frieze carved on the Parthenon of Athens. The author then turns to Piers Plowman, Chartres Cathedral's windows, the Bayeux Tapestry, and other textile evidence from the medieval era; she suggests how threadwork in those centuries became identified with spiritual faith and belief in miracles. An illustrated French manuscript and the Apocalypse Tapestry highlight a discussion of changes in the lives of cloth workersthat occurred during the Renaissance. Works by two Germans -- playwright Gerhart Hauptmann and artist Kathe Kollwitz -- illustrate labor struggles that persisted for centuries in textile production. Selections of poetry by.  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bausum, Dolores.
Threading time.
Fort Worth, Tex. : TCU Press, ©2001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dolores Bausum
ISBN: 0875652417 9780875652412
OCLC Number: 45317134
Description: xi, 217 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. A Time to Sew --
2. Athena's Gift --
3. Threads 'Twixt Cloister and Crown --
4. Art of the Loom --
5. Ballads of Harp Weavers --
6. With Passion and Thread --
7. Battle Yarns --
8. Sewing for Bread in Years Gone By --
9. Fortunate Daughters and Sons.
Responsibility: Dolores Bausum.


In a survey taken primarily from literary sources, this volume reveals the link between the human spirit and the art of connecting threads. It discusses tapestries, manuscripts, novels, poetry and  Read more...


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