Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

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Threads of Life A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Hunter, Clare, 9781419747656
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  • ISBN: 9781419747656 | 1419747657
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/20/2020

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“An astonishing feat, this patchwork of history, culture, and politics . . . takes us from Saxon England to colonized African tribes, Palestinian villages, rural China and the cramped homes of American slaves.” ―Sunday Times (London)

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. It’s human history told from a new, surprising perspective.

This is a globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry to the pink pussyhats of the Women’s March, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances. Topics covered include:
  • The English royals
  • The Catholic Church
  • World War I soldiers coping with PTSD
  • Maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World
  • The AIDS quilt
  • Hmong story clothes
  • And much more!
Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents—from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland—to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing.

This is a thoughtful work of history and craft, full of little-known stories, and an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.
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