Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World (Hardcover)

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She beats the inner bark of trees into cloth in Papua New Guinea, fails to handspin cotton in Guatemala, visits tweed weavers at their homes in Harris, and has lessons in patchwork-making in Gee's Bend, Alabama where in the 1930s, deprived of almost everything they owned, a community of women turned quilting into an art form.

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A magnificent work of original research that unravels history through textiles and cloth how we make it, use it, and what it means to us.

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

How is a handmade fabric helping save an ancient forest?
Why is a famous fabric pattern from India best known by the name of a Scottish town?
How is a Chinese dragon robe a diagram of the whole universe?
What is the difference between how the Greek Fates and the Viking Norns used threads to tell our destiny?

In Fabric, bestselling author Victoria Finlay spins us round the globe, weaving stories of our relationship with cloth and asking how and why people through the ages have made it, worn it, invented it, and made symbols out of it. And sometimes why they have fought for it.

She beats the inner bark of trees into cloth in Papua New Guinea, fails to handspin cotton in Guatemala, visits tweed weavers at their homes in Harris, and has lessons in patchwork-making in Gee's Bend, Alabama where in the 1930s, deprived of almost everything they owned, a community of women turned quilting into an art form.

She began her research just after the deaths of both her parents and entwined in the threads she found her personal story too. Fabric is not just a material history of our world, but Finlay's own journey through grief and recovery.

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ISBN 9781639361632
Length (cm) 15.2000
Width (cm) 4.5000
Height (cm) 22.8000
Publisher Pegasus Books
Publication Date Jun 7, 2022
Pages (number) 528
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author Victoria Finlay
Signed No
Format Hardcover
Editorial Reviews N/A
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