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Textiles: The Whole Story
Textiles: The Whole Story
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    Code: TH-9780500515662
    Price: £29.95
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    Textiles: The Whole Story

    ISBN: 9780500515662

    Beverly Gordon

    26.00 x 20.00 cm

    304 pages   


    380 Illustrations, 3181 in colour

    First published 2011

    There are few aspects of our lives in which fabrics do not play a part and the author reminds us powerfully of the significance of fabrics throughout human history. Her expertise is enriched by her own hands-on experience: spinning silk from silkworm cocoons, weaving cloth and creating natural dyes. As a curator she has studied thousands of textiles.

    Bridging past and present – from the Stone Age to 21st-century ‘smart fabrics' which can regulate body temperature or measure the wearer's pulse – the book integrates craft, art, science, history and anthropology, drawing on examples from around the globe.

    Here are topics such as the universality of textiles in human language and experience; their social role in bonding families and communities; the importance of textiles in world trade; their spiritual and sacred aspects; and the work of artists using textiles as their medium.

    A dazzling array of illustrations includes paintings and photographs of both historic and contemporary textiles and a broad collection of textiles being created, worn and lived with.


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