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  • Published: 27 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141990323
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Worn

A People's History of Clothing



A finely spun history of clothes and where they come from

Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool: through the stories of these five fabrics, Sofi Thanhauser illuminates the world we inhabit in a startling new way, travelling from China to Cumbria to reveal the craft, labour and industry that create the clothes we wear.

From the women who transformed stalks of flax into linen to clothe their families in nineteenth century New England to those who earn their dowries in the cotton-spinning factories of South India today, this book traces the origins of garment-making through time and around the world. Exploring the social, economic and environmental impact of our most personal possessions, Worn looks beyond care labels to show how clothes reveal the truth about what we really care about.

  • Published: 27 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141990323
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Praise for Worn

A masterpiece of investigative reporting and a riveting adventure story, Threads is both panoramic and richly particular. Thanhauser is the best of guides: humane, engaging, generous with historical anecdote and always able to reveal the telling detail. She shows how the cost of fashion far exceeds any retail price tag, and how the revival of venerable traditions might yet lead us to a sustainable future

Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord

The story of what we wear is the story of who we are, and Worn offers a riveting, provocative, and eye-opening account. One cannot make sense of our modern world without this book

Brian Christian, Author of The Most Human Human

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