Biography of Wool

Biography of Wool

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The Biography of Wool From the Series How Did That Get Here?

The history of wool is not simply the history of a product that people wear, but a history of farming, human migration, and manufacturing. This intriguing new book tells the story of one of the world's first fibers, shorn from sheep, carded into wool, and spun into cloth since as early as 1500 B.C. From early sailors to today's astronauts, woolen clothing remains a popular choice for protection from the elements.

Topics include

  • sheep and goat farming and fleecing 
  • British woolen goods prized by Roman invaders 
  • weavers, trade guilds and wool marts or "staples" 
  • the Industrial Revolution and the start of mass manufactured clothing 
  • wool and textile production today

Crabtree Classics

32 pages