On Memorial Day, the de Young is open, but the Legion of Honor will be closed.
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Rounded Square with Long Layered Leaves Clip-Ons$75.00 $67.50 Members
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Kehinde Wiley Morpheus Basketball$275.00 $247.50 Members
Ansel Adams Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite National Park Poster$30.00 $27.00 Members
Ansel Adams 400 Photographs (SC)$29.99 $27.00 Members
From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal).
The story of humanity is the story of textiles—as old as civilization itself. Since the first thread was spun, the need for textiles has driven technology, business, politics, and culture.
In The Fabric of Civilization, Virginia Postrel synthesizes groundbreaking research from archaeology, economics, and science to reveal a surprising history. From Minoans exporting wool colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to Romans arrayed in costly Chinese silk, the cloth trade paved the crossroads of the ancient world. Textiles funded the Renaissance and the Mughal Empire; they gave us banks and bookkeeping, Michelangelo’s David and the Taj Mahal. The cloth business spread the alphabet and arithmetic, propelled chemical research, and taught people to think in binary code. Paperback, 320 pages.
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