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Irish People, Irish Linen


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Kathleen Curtis Wilson is the author of Uplifting the South-Mary Mildred Sullivan's Legacy for Appalachia and Textile Art from Southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women. She guest curated a multivenue international exhibition by the same name. A renowned authority on Appalachian crafts, Wilson was craft section editor for the Encyclopedia of Appalachia. She lives inAlameda, California.


Irish People, Irish Linen is a magnificent history of the Irish people and their association with linen, a tie that dates back to the eighth century. As 10 million Irish moved from their homeland during the past four centuries, they carried their love for Irish linen with them. Together, they were part of the "Irish diaspora." Used as tough sails for ships, as watertight containers for firemen, and as clothing for both royalty and working class, linen was the "fabric of Irish society." Kathleen Curtis Wilson eloquently describes this saga in her beautifully illustrated book on linen, "the queen of fabrics."
- William R. Ferris, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1997-2001

"Irish People, Irish Linen is an extraordinary book, well researched, beautifully written, stunningly illustrated. As told by Kathleen Wilson, the story is compelling: a story about people and circumstances, about technology and textiles interwoven over five centuries. Wilson illustrates the narrative with some 175 gorgeous images that bring texture and immediacy to a fascinating history, a history that is more extensive and diverse than generally known. If you're interested in the Irish people, or in technology or textiles, or in a wonderful story, beautifully illustrated, you, too, will be inspired. Irish People, Irish Linen will capture your imagination."
- Robert C. Vaughan, President, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia

"A lively social history replete with fine photographs, this book will be of interest to many readers far beyond the pool of Irish textile fanciers."
- Library Journal

"Rather than simply summarizing the history of the craft and industry, Wilson makes a strong and eloquent case for the close connection between Irish emigration and Irish linen. . . . Beautifully compiled with nearly 200 stunning color photographs of threaded looms, flax stalks and gorgeous patterns, Irish People, Irish Linen presents a little-known segment of history well worth acquainting oneself with."
- Irish America

"This is a handsomely produced book with an abundance of fine illustrations to complement the words."
- Irish Arts Review

"A grade-A recommendation."
-The Midwest Book Review

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