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A writer in residence at the University of St Andrews, Esther Rutter has travelled the length and breadth of Britain, unravelling the story of how wool shaped communities across the country. From the Highland crofts cleared for sheep farming, to mill towns on the borders, and market towns that thrived on the profits, Esther sheds light on the history and culture of wool.
Along the way, she crafts a host of significant garments and objects—baby blankets, gloves, a fisherman’s gansey, and more—locating the traditions that remain, and identifying the innovations at the heart of the contemporary wool industry. This Golden Fleece is the epic story of what hides in every tiny stitch.