Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World

Fabric: The Hidden History of the Material World

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'Poetically profound' - Sheila Hicks

'Enthralling and sumptuously spun' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

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. The book became her journey through grief and recovery. It is her own patchwork.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781781257067
BY (AUTHOR) Finlay, Victoria
PUBLISHER : Profile Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : November 11, 2021
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Profile Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Hardback
DIMENSION : 238 mm x 160 mm
WEIGHT : 780 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
The Arts
DESCRIPTION :
'Poetically profound' - Sheila Hicks

'Enthralling and sumptuously spun' - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

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. The book became her journey through grief and recovery. It is her own patchwork.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781781257067
BY (AUTHOR) Finlay, Victoria
PUBLISHER : Profile Books Ltd PUBLICATION DATE : November 11, 2021
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Profile Books Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Hardback
DIMENSION : 238 mm x 160 mm
WEIGHT : 780 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
The Arts