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The golden thread : how fabric changed history

Author: Kassia St Clair
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kassia St Clair
ISBN: 9781631494802 1631494805
OCLC Number: 1100449796
Description: xii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Fibers in the cave --
Dead men's shrouds --
Gifts and horses --
Cities that silk built --
Surf dragons --
A king's ransom --
Diamonds and the ruff --
Solomon's coats --
Layering in extremis --
Workers in the factory --
Under pressure --
Harder, better, faster, stronger --
The golden cape --
Golden threads.
Responsibility: Kassia St. Clair.

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All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why. With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

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