Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance
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Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance

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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 cocoon...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by Thames & Hudson
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I absolutely LOVED the aptly named TEXTILES: THE WHOLE STORY--the best book I've ever read on the subject--and I had a serendipitous encounter with its author which I will recount below.
Because of my interest in quilting, I was drawn to the book when I saw it at the library. Part scholarly book, part coffee table book, part textbook, this highly illustrated work is a non-chronological social and cultural history of textiles from their origins through contemporary times. Defining textiles in th...more
Aug 04, 2014 Sd rated it 5 of 5 stars
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"Living as we do in a post-industrialized world, fabric has become ubiquitous and inexpensive. Most of us are very distant from its production...when we no longer have to make our own textiles...The varied historical meanings and significance of textiles [has] faded from view, and [it has been] generally left out of the broader historical narrative."
Apr 29, 2012 Lucy marked it as to-read
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I plan to read this someday when I have lots more time than right now. I skimmed here and there and it looks to be interesting and well-written. I did look at all the pictures and read the captions, but for now it's too much, even in just 279 pages (+ notes, bibliography & index).
This is a wonderful read for fiber folks, a bit of history, wonderful photos, I enjoyed it and recommend it, lending it to friends in weavers guild now, will donate it to my weavers guild library.
Tamara Green
Amazing book. The breadth of this book is so much fun. Full of photos and very readable, though it takes awhile.
I only looked at the pictures and read the captions--amazing and far-reaching!
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