Textiles: A History (UK Edition)

October 31, 2020
Textiles: A History (UK Edition)

A fascinating and accessible history of textiles, including thekey personalities and inventions which revolutionized the industry,together with the East End workshops and the creation of artificialmaterials such as rayon. Textile expert, Fiona McDonald, includestips on the care and repair of materials and advice on what’s worthcollecting and the best materials to wear, as well as safecleaning, tips on collecting.In addition to a handy glossary of textile terms, there is anA-Z of different textiles, full of interesting facts – did you knowthat velvet was originally made from silk and its name derives fromthe Latin word, vellus, meaning fleece, or that cabbage was theterm used in the rag trade to refer to the extra outfits clevercutters created and sold off the books by careful placement of thepattern. A fascinating and often surprising subject area exploredat an accessible but informative level.Did you know?• Peau de Soie is a heavy satin which was used for weddingdresses at the turn of the last century. The word satin is derivedfrom Zaytoun, an area of China where it was first made• We have lost many evocative names for colors over the years,including bouffon (darker than eau de nil) cendre de rose (graywith pink nuances), dust of Paris (ecru), esterhazy (silver-gray),fly’s wing (graphite) and terre d’Egypt (rust)