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Written as a chronological survey spanning prehistory to the early 21st century, this book is organized around five themes - materials, methods, trade, technology and social structures - which allow textiles from all ages to be investigated from many angles: how they are made, what they are made from, how they function in society, the ways in which they are valued and given meaning, and the messages they contain. This approach shows the intricate relationships between different cultures' textile traditions, and above all demonstrates the awesome significance and the history of the materials that we all take for granted in our everyday lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500203699
ISBN-10: 0500203695
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser graduated from the University of California and has since worked as a textile curator and consultant for, among other institutions, the National Trust and English Heritage. A respected writer on textiles of the 19th and 20th centuries, she has contributed to numerous publications and has lectured widely. She is currently Textile Archivist at the London Institute.

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