1. The Very Fabric of Existence * 2. Living on the Earth * 3. The Ties That Bind * 4. Cloth and Temporal Power * 5. Cloth as Communication 6. Textiles and the Spirit
This vibrantly illustrated book, is an original look at the myriad roles played by textiles in all aspects of human life, from ancient weavings to light-sensitive and other futuristic fabrics of our own era
Beverly Gordon is Professor of Textiles and Apparel Design in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin. She is the author of many successful books on textiles, including Domestic American Textiles, Feltmaking and The Saturated World.
'A hugely involved and comprehensive work ... factual and
informative, yet with a personal touch that draws the reader in to
browse the pages' - Craft & Design
'A highly readable account that reminds us powerfully of the significance of fabrics throughout human history. Endlessly fascinating' - Embroidery Magazine
'... one immediately sees that Gordon has drawn deeply from a vast stash of knowledge, and she has written with conviction that cloth is essential for human existence ... a rich, generous book' - Surface Design Journal