Christina Garton is a former museum professional and the current Associate Editor of Handwoven magazine.
During the Middle Ages, anchoresses and nuns were women who secluded themselves from the rest of society and, often, spent some of their time on handwork.
In light of current events, I’ve found my mind turning to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, Laura and her family sewed and embroidered, alone in their home, carefully mending clothes and creating small items of beauty.
During the Spanish flu pandemic, countless women (and presumably some men) worked together to sew tens of thousands of masks.
To many people, togas are synonymous with ancient Greece. The only problem? Togas aren’t Greek.
Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving ancient family knitting patterns and shipwrecks.
While lice aren't normally thought of as helpful, scientists have used lice to learn more about human history and, more specifically, the invention of clothing.
Because fabric deteriorates so easily, it doesn’t stand the test of time the way metal or stone artifacts might, so when archaeologists find even small bits of ancient fabric, it’s a big deal.