owe their development and evolution to religion, commerce, and travel,
and their vibrant and creative preservation to tenacious regionalism.
This book embraces the diversity of the textile world that makes it
both exciting and provocative as it brings together a wide range of
otherwise fragmented images and perspectives.
technological developments, from color changing, light-sensitive camouflage
to emergency shelters of cement-impregnated fabric bonded to an inflatable
plastic, are included here alongside the simply beautiful, such as
patterns that point to the historical exchange of ideas between the
East and the West, or the astonishing color transmutations of Morphotex,
a fiber of multilayer optical interference.