The history of textiles, more than that of any other artifact, is a history of human ingenuity. From the very earliest needles of 25,000 years ago to the smart textiles of today, textiles have been fundamental to human existence, and enjoyed, prized and valued by every culture. Silks from China, cottons from India, tapestries from Flanders, dyes from South America – the appeal of different weaves, colours and patterns was long a motivation for trade, the exchange of ideas and sometimes even war.
Mary Schoeser’s groundbreaking book, now revised and updated to incorporate new research, presents a chronological survey of textiles around the world from prehistory to the present. It explores how they are made, what they are made from, how they function in society and the ways in which they are valued and given meaning, as well as reflecting on the environmental challenges they present today. World Textiles offers an invaluable introduction to this vast and fascinating subject for creatives, designers, textile and fashion professionals, collectors, students and interested general readers alike.
'It is difficult to think of a valid reason why anyone with an interest in textiles should not obtain a copy'
'Well written and comprehensive, the wealth of beautiful illustrations in World Textiles makes it hard to put down'
'Groundbreaking.... An invaluable introduction to this vast and fascinating subject'
New England Antiques Journal