A worldwide history for anyone with a passion for textiles and textile arts, whether creative, professional, or educational. This is a hard backed beautifully illustrated publication, luxurious and tactile, on heavyweight satin paper, hard to put down.
There are few aspects of our lives—physical, emotional, spiritual—in which thread and fabrics do not play a notable part. Beverly Gordon reminds us memorably and movingly of the powerful significance of fabric throughout human history. Her study of textile art and history is combined with her own hands-on experience: spinning silk from silk- worm cocoons, weaving cloth, and creating natural dyes.
The author bridges past and present from the Stone Age, when humans first learned to make cordage or thread, to twenty-first-century “smart fabrics,” which can regulate body temperature or measure the wearer’s pulse. Her discussion integrates art, science, history, and anthropology, and she draws on examples from around the globe.
1.The very fabric of existance; Textiles in human consciousness.
2. Living on the earth; Textiles and human survival
3. The ties that bind; Th social meaning of textiles
4. Cloth and temporal power; Money, trade, status and control
5. Cloth as communication; Expressing meaning, messages and beauty
6. Textiles and the spirit; The sacred, spiritual and healing significance of cloth
A dazzling array of illustrations includes paintings and photographs of both historic and contemporary textiles and a broad collection of textiles being created, worn and lived with world-wide.
This is essential reading for anyone with a passion for texiles, whether creative, professional or educational.
High quality publication. Hard Cover Edition 304 pages Thames & Hudson UK