Fabric

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‘Subtle, compendious and rich’ – James McConnachie, The Sunday Times’Dazzling … Finlay’s adventures, vividly recounted, make enthralling reading … This book is equally an inspiration and an education’ – Bel Mooney, Daily Mail ‘A gorgeous adventure through the history of cloth’ StylistThe Sunday Times best paperbacks of 2022.Bestselling author Victoria Finlay spins us round the globe in a vibrant exploration of cloth through the ages. 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. And through it all she uncovers the hidden histories of fabric: how and why people have made it, worn it, invented it and made symbols of it Interlaced with Victoria’s own story of grief and recovery, Fabric is a lush patchwork of travel, history, memoir and culture – an unforgettable look into how we have made fabric, and how it has made us.

ISBN: 9781781257074

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From our earliest ancestors to babies born today, fabric is a necessary part of our everyday lives, but it’s also an opportunity for creativity, symbolism, culture and connection. Travelling across the world and bringing history to life, Victoria Finlay investigates how and why people have made and used cloth. A century ago in Wales, women would sew their own funeral clothes over tea with friends. In Papua New Guinea, bark is stripped from trees and beaten into cloth. Harris Tweed has a particular smell, while Guatemalan weavers use dazzling colours. Uncovering the stories of the fabrics people wear and use from sacking to silk, this book combines science, history, tradition and art in a captivating exploration of how we live, work, craft and care.

Additional information

Weight0.44 kg
Dimensions19.6 × 12.6 × 3.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

528

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

677.009 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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