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Virginia Postrel on the History of Textiles

Season 1, Ep. 663

In this episode, Virginia Postrel, an award-winning journalist and independent scholar, discusses her new book "The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World," which is published by Basic Books. Postrel begins by explaining why fabric, a product we now take for granted, used to be very costly. She discusses the different technologies that enabled the mass-production of fiber, thread, fabric, and dyes. And she describes the social technologies that facilitated the distribution of fabric. She also reflects on the social meaning of fabric, and potential future developments in the area. Postrel is on Twitter at @vpostrel.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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