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Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019. Throughout, however, the lack of illustrations is a real drawback with paintings and artefacts described but not illustrated.

She peoples her story with a motley cast of characters, including Xiling, the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Really enjoyed this book, and not just because it was a gift from my lovely daughter. Throughout, however, the lack of illustrations is a real drawback with paintings and artefacts described but not illustrated. ).

A fascinating history of textiles from 30,000 year old threads on a cave floor to textiles protecting man on the moon. We’d love your help.

Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Instead this book presents loosely linked chapters on individual historical subjects, which in turn are highlighted by a random selection of archeological findings and events. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Way back before kindle. Then, there is the development of synthetic textiles leading eventually to global sourcing (see Khanna’s, ). This is the sort of book you can read for twenty minutes and then spend upwards of an hour spewing interesting little factoids in the direction of any audience you can manage to capture. I foolishly expected something like a concise and stringent, somewhat more scholarly history of "the fabric", which would probably not have fitted into one single volume anyway. Fascinating read. the author begins with pre-historic textiles and takes us all the way up to the newest techno fabrics and their uses. I have only just started reading this but am already deeply engaged by the content and organisation of the book. In this particular case its cousin 'the secret lives of colour' was top notch in both elements. How soft? I think a more accurate description would be "How History Changed Fabric". Off now to find pictures of the spider silk cape. I tried very hard to get into this book, but I have literally more enjoyed reading world encyclopedias and Webster's dictionary .

As I write these words, I’m wearing sweatpants and an old faded shirt. This is the sort of book you can read for twenty minutes and then spend upwards of an hour spewing interesting little factoids in the direction of any audience you ca. Her last book was full of beautiful colors and this one just has a handful of line drawings, but the story St. Clair tells is so well-told and compelling that I really enjoyed it.

The book provides a rich collection of fabric history stories. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Also, some geographic maps showing the places in the world that the author is relating would enhance the history of the development of that fabric. 2020 bk 340.

It stretches from ancient Egypt to the Space Age, which is not bad for a 300-page book, and I’ve learned quite a bit from it.

Kassia St. Clair endlessly strings colourful facts together without drawing conclusions, stressing important information or summarizing essences. Design journalist Kassia St. Clair guides us through the technological advancements and cultural customs that would redefi ne human civilization―from the fabric that allowed mankind to achieve extraordinary things (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic records) and survive in unlikely places (outer space and the South Pole). Kassia St. Clair traces textiles back tens of thousands of years, to traces of linen thread found in caves...and metal was not necessary for weaving. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It does appear that the publisher has put this out as cheaply as possible - the whole production of the book - no dust jacket, and cheap paper, rather lets it down, but the lack of illustrations is the worst thing, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2018.

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