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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History Hardcover – 4 Oct 2018

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1 edition (9 October 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781473659032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473659032
  • ASIN: 1473659035
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A history of fabric might not sound immediately exciting, but St Clair's book is a refreshing treat, every page bursting with surprising insights. Clothing, she argues, is central to history, from myths and legends to trade and technology. The threads woven by the Greek Fates, the bandages that wrapped Egyptian mummies, the wool that made medieval England rich, the lace in Vermeer's paintings : it all makes for a smart and entertaining historical tapestry - SUNDAY TIMES, History Book of the Year

The history of the world through the eye of a needle... Fascinating... I recommend this book to anyone - THE SPECTATOR

A joyful commingling of text and textiles - Nature

Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric - Elle Decoration

A charming, absorbing and quietly feminist history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits... I devoured this book - SUNDAY TIMES

A joyful commingling of text and textiles in 13 beautifully wrought stories. We visit a cave where dyed fibres more than 30,000 years old have been discovered; goggle at the starched intricacy of sixteenth-century lace ruffs; flinch over astronauts' nappies and the sodden sleeping bags of early polar expeditions; and savour the idea of materials spun from spiders' webs. - NATURE

The Golden Thread is worth a read for informing your political thinking, and it will entertain you far more than most 'political' books. - Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine

Such a captivating read its likely you'll want to devour this engrossing patchwork of textile history in one sitting - Embroidery

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A new history of ingenuity from the author of The Secret Lives of Colour.

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Fred Cheyunski
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, nicely bound book
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Jacob Kijne
5.0 out of 5 stars the wide range of fabric-related history, esp. related with fabrics and synthetics
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3.0 out of 5 stars the book is quite boring
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