Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours
Last Christmas Delivery Dates
Free UK Standard Delivery on orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 18th December 2nd Class | 19th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to shops From 2 hours of your order*
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History (Hardback)
  • The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History (Hardback)

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History (Hardback)

£20.00 £17.99
Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
  • Save £2.01
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect


'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR
'A charming, absorbing and history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits . . . I devoured this quietly feminist book' SUNDAY TIMES
'Joyful and beautiful' NATURE
'Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric' ELLE DECORATION

All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity.

When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why.

With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473659032
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 222 x 163 x 37 mm

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 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 *
Remarkable . . . hugely ambitious, sparklingly erudite and wonderfully engaging -- Peter Frankopan, Book of the Year * HISTORY TODAY *
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 will make you rethink your relationship with fabric * ELLE DECORATION *
Superb... this dazzling book puts fabric at the very heart of human history. * STRONG WORDS *
A curious and illuminating history of fabric * HOUSE AND GARDEN *
Vividly drawn . . . this beautifully presented tome is perfect for dipping in and out of * HISTORY REVEALED *

You may also be interested in...

The Industrial Revolution
Added to basket
Tri-ang Toys
Added to basket
The Slow Death of British Industry
Added to basket
The British Toy Industry
Added to basket
Bolton's Industrial Heritage
Added to basket
Railway Workshops
Added to basket
Working Lives
Added to basket
Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways
Added to basket
Iron, Steam & Money
Added to basket
The Coalminers of Durham
Added to basket
Britain's Industrial Revolution
Added to basket
Memories of the Lancashire Cotton Mills
Added to basket
Added to basket


Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.