Please join us for our August Book Club Meeting! We’ll be discussing The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel.
In her latest book, Ms. Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo’s David, and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code.
The story of humanity is the story of textiles since the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture. Assiduously researched and deftly narrated, The Fabric of Civilization tells the story of the world’s most influential commodity.
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