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Worn : a people's history of clothing / Sofi Thanhauser.

Author/creator Thanhauser, Sofi author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Pantheon Books, [2022]
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionxviii, 375 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction -- Linen. The last linen shirt in New Hampshire -- Underthings -- Cotton. Texas fields -- The fabric revolution -- Drought -- Silk. Yangtze silk -- Costume drama -- The rise of mass fashion -- Synthetics. Rayon -- Nylons -- Export processing zones -- Wool. Army of the small -- Woolfest -- Weavers -- Conclusion.
Abstract "In this ambitious, panoramic social history, Sofi Thanhauser brilliantly tells five stories--Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool--about the clothes we wear and where they come from, illuminating our world in unexpected ways. She takes us from the opulent court of Louis Quatorze to the labor camps in modern-day Chinese-occupied Xinjiang. We see how textiles were once dyed from lichen, shells, bark, saffron, and beetles, displaying distinctive regional weaves and knits, and how the modern Western garment industry has refashioned our attire into the homogenous and disposable uniforms popularized by fast fashion brands. Thanhauser makes clear how the clothing industry has become one of the planet's worst polluters, relying on chronically underpaid and exploited laborers. But she also shows us how micro-communities and companies of textile and clothing makers in every corner of the world are rediscovering ancestral and ethical methods for making what we wear. Drawn from years of intensive research and reporting from around the world, and brimming with fascinating anecdotal material, Threads reveals to us that our clothing comes not just from the countries listed on the tags or ready-made from our factories--it comes, as well, from deep in our histories"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 325-353) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Thanhauser, Sofi. Worn New York : Pantheon Books, [2022] 9781524748401
LCCN 2021014453
ISBN9781524748395 (hardcover)
ISBN1524748390 (hardcover)

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