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The Golden Thread

How Fabric Changed History
Lu par : Helen Johns
Durée : 11 h et 26 min
4 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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From the mummies of Ancient Egypt, via the silken dragon robes of Imperial China and the woollen sails of Viking longboats to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution (and sparked more than one war), arriving finally at the lab-blended fibres that have allowed astronauts to moonwalk - fabrics, man-made and natural, have changed and shaped the world we live in.

In 12 fascinating chapters, Kassia St Clair lays out an alternative history of civilisation and human creativity. Wittily written and compellingly argued, this book will change the way you see the world.

©2018 Kassia St Clair (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fascinating but Incomplete!

This original work deals with textiles, a topic rarely covered with a historical perspective, perhaps because it is associated almost exclusively with women in most cultures.

Clearly, much research was carried out in devising the book. It is fascinating for instance to learn more about say the place of cotton in Ancient Egypt, how the sails of Viking ships were (astonishingly) made of wool and how highly resistant suits constitute a central component of space travel.

Sadly, however, there is no conducting thread (no pun intended). The reader is presented with a series of well-developed vignettes, grossly placed in chronological order. It feels as if the author started out to write a history of textiles, got lost in specific details and finally published a collage (not to say a quilt).

Despite this major shortcoming, the novelty of the topic makes this work quite worthwhile.

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The Golden Thread

Helen Johns captivated me with her yarns about the history of fabric from woolen Viking sails to attempts
to weave spider silk. The stories of St. Clair’s book keep the reader engaged while revealing historical fact. I can’t think of a better way to learn about the importance of textiles to world history. Enjoy!

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