All cloth begins with a twist………
Begins the back cover of The Golden Thread by Kassia St Clair.
I first heard The Golden Thread by Kassia St Clair on BBC Radio 4 when it was book of the week last October, narrated by Francesca Dymond.
I was really bowled over by the topics being read, it put a whole new slant on textiles and the clothes we wear.
I then purchased the audiobook for listening to while I embroider. I must say that I was a little disappointed as I thought the narrator was read reading a bit too fast for me and when I slowed down the speed, it didn’t help. Nevertheless, the stories are just so interesting and informative, that I did persevere to the end.
Then as a surprise Christmas present, Mr F bought me The Golden Thread and also The Secret lives of colour also by Kassia St Clair (which I will review at a later date).
It really is a such fantastic book.
The Preface section ends with this paragraph.
“This book invites you to take a closer look at the fabrics that you surround and clothe yourself with each day. It is not – and was never intended to be – an exhaustive history of textiles. Instead, The Golden Thread contains thirteen very different stories that help illustrate the vastness of their significance. In one chapter you will be invited behind the scenes to watch the making of the spacesuits that allowed us to walk on the moon. Another looks at the craft that inspires Vermeer to paint the The Lacemaker. Elsewhere you’ll meet the people who wrapped – and those who unwrapped – Egypt’s mummies; investors and scientists who have spent their lives trying to make cloth from spiders’ silk; and those whose clothes failed them in the most extreme environments on earth with fatal consequences. It is a book written for the curious: I hope you enjoy it”. (St Clair, 2018, preface xii)
I must say my favourite is chapter 10 – Workers in the Factory, Rayon’s Dark Past.
I won’t give any more away so buy the book and read on…..
St Clair, Kassia, The Golden Thread, 2018, London, John Murray (Publishers)
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