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From the author of the acclaimed Secret Lives of Colour, comes The Golden Thread , a history of textiles and how they have shaped our world. From colourful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to
what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun’s mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells an enthralling story. Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts; running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.