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

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Abrams, 15.10.2019 - 320 Seiten
A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard 

In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their “disappeared” children. In Tudor, England, when Mary, Queen of Scots, was under house arrest, her needlework carried her messages to the outside world. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances. 

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. 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. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story. 
 

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Nutzerbericht  - AnnieMod - LibraryThing

First ignore the subtitle. While there are elements of history in this book, that specific title can be very misleading. "Thread of Life" is the personal story of one woman's relationship with textile ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - nancyadair - LibraryThing

"Sewing has a visual language. It has a voice. It has been used by people to communicate something of themselves--their history, beliefs, prayers and protests."~ from Threads of Life by Claire Hunter ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Acknowledgements
Beginning
Unknown
Power
Frailty
Captivity
Identity
Connection
Protest
Loss
Community
Place
Value
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Work
Voice

Protect
Journey
Ending
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Über den Autor (2019)

Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child. She has been a banner maker, community textile artist, and textile curator for over 20 years and established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. She was a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016. She lives near Stirling in Scotland.

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