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Author St. Clair, Kassia, author.

Title The golden thread : how fabric changed history / Kassia St. Clair.

Publication Info. New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  677 STC    DUE 07-29-20
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  677 STC    DUE 08-03-20
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  677 STC    DUE 09-15-20
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Linda Vista Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description xii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Fibres 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.
Summary 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.
Subject Textile fabrics.
ISBN 9781631494802 (hardcover)

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