The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History with Kassia St Clair

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Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral, London, SE1 9DA

Thursday 25 July de 18:00 à 19:30

£6.32

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Join us for a fascinating talk on how fabric has shaped history with writer and cultural-historian Kassia St Clair

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History with Kassia St Clair

All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity.

When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why.

With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

This talk by Kassia is part of our programme of events to mark our Threads through Creation exhibition which attendees can view on the evening beforehand. Threads through Creation is a spectacular sequence of twelve huge textile panels retelling the creation story in Genesis by artist Jacqui Parkinson.

This event will take place in the Cathedral nave and doors will open at 6pm.

Kassia St Clair studied the history of women's dress and the masquerade during the eighteenth century at Bristol and Oxford. She has since written about design and culture for the Economist, House & Garden, TLS, Quartz and New Statesman, and has had a column about colour in Elle Decoration since 2013. Her first book The Secret Lives of Colour was a top-ten bestseller, a Radio 4 Book of the Week and has been translated into over a dozen languages; her second, The Golden Thread, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Award.