The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History (Hardback)
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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 04/10/2018

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** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK **

'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR
'A charming, absorbing 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: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473659032
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 222 x 163 x 37 mm

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“A tour de force.”

I adored Kassia St. Claire’s previous book, The Secret Lives of Colour, and highly anticipated her latest literary accomplishment, The Golden Thread. And accomplishment is indeed what this book is – meticulously... More

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“Fascinating”

An amazing insight into archeology, history and human behaviour through the lens of fabric.

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“Well researched and fascinating”

Really enjoyed reading about this much forgotten aspect of history. A must read!

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