Worn: A People's History of Clothing

Non-Fiction, Art, Design & Photography, Fashion & Textiles, Fashion & Textiles
Hardback Published on: 25/01/2022
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A Really Important Book
I have been living a largely slow fashion life for years, first by necessity, then by choice. The deluge of fast fashion and the enormous amount of harm it... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
You will never think of clothes the same way.
This book was filed to the brim with content and is a must read for any person with an interest in fashion and textiles!! I used to be somebody who really... READ MORE
Lizzie Ryan
The Most Important Book On Clothing In A Long While
Let me preface this by saying that this was an illuminating, moving, and extremely significant read. By exploring the history of textiles that thus make ... READ MORE
Sam Thompson
Fascinating but maybe a little depressing
It would be quite a challenge for any book on cloth & clothing to follow the recent book on ‘Fabric’ by Victoria Finlay, which was astonishing. However, th... READ MORE
Caroline (Cirencester)


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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241389539
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 629g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm

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Ok to dip in and out of
I didn't feel that, for me, this book lived up to the promise of its "blurb." I had been hoping for more history and more emphasis on the clothing of the t... READ MORE
Excellent Book
Worn by Sofi Thanhauser has a fabulous book that takes a look at the history of our clothes through the history of textiles and through these views we can ... READ MORE
Rachel  Fox
The human cost of cheap clothing
Worn by Sofi Thanhauser confronts us with the awful realities of the textile industry, uncovering a world where the people who make our clothes now are sel... READ MORE
Colin Edwards