Thursday 2 December | 6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT
Join Virginia Postrel for this online event exploring the hidden ways textiles have made our world and tracing this surprising history. The story of humanity is the story of textiles – as old as civilization itself. Textiles created empires and powered invention. They established trade routes and drew nations’ borders. Since the first thread was spun, fabric has driven technology, business, politics, and culture.
The Fabric of Civilization demonstrates how the desire for textiles, and the search for better ways to satisfy that desire, influenced every aspect of our development. From the Minoans who exported woolen cloth colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to the Romans who wore wildly expensive Chinese silk, the trade and production of textiles paved the economic and cultural crossroads of the ancient world. As much as spices or gold, the quest for fabrics and dyes drew sailors across strange seas, creating an ever-more connected global economy. Synthesizing groundbreaking research from economics, archaeology, and anthropology, Postrel weaves a rich tapestry of human cultural development.
The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, £22.99, published by Basic Books, is available to buy from our online shop here.
Virginia Postrel is an award-winning journalist and independent scholar. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and has been a columnist for the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Substance of Style and The Power of Glamour. Her research is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience. Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.
The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.
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