Why do textiles matter?

Posted by Catherine Bradley 03/09/2015 0 Comment(s)

In the same way as cave paintings provide clues to early human history, textiles provide clues about cultural heritage, societal preoccupations, and technological innovations.  A pair of 1950’s flannel pajamas depicting astronauts and rocket ships tells us more than just what a little boy wore to bed – it illuminates our understanding of the level of excitement and preoccupation with the space race between Russia and the United States.  The same can be said of the flower power prints of the late 1960’s, which were the symbol of protest against the war in Vietnam, flying under the banner of “Make Love, Not War.”

I invite our readers to pick up this thread and share their own examples of ways that specific textiles provide clues into the society that they spring from.

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