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Shetland Textiles 800BC to the Present

Published: 22 September 2013

Front Cover Front CoverZoomShetland Heritage Publications will, in October, publish a comprehensive new title on textiles.

Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to the Present traces the history of textiles in Shetland through fabrics and garments together with the fibres and tools used to craft them, and the people who made and wore them. It brings together in-depth research with personal memories of local people, lavishly illustrated by stunning images.

A beautiful and informative sourcebook, Shetland Textiles: 800 BC to the Present will inspire, educate and inform researchers, designers and anyone who is interested in how a tiny archipelago in the North Sea came to be world renowned for its textiles.

The book has been edited by Sarah Laurenson, with contributions from individual authors: Lynn Abrams, Roslyn Chapman, Carol Christiansen, Martin Ciszuk, Sarah Dearlove, Lena Hammarlund, Elizabeth Johnston, Sarah Laurenson, and Brian Smith.

The book will be officially launched at the opening ceremony of Shetland Wool Week 2013 on Monday 7th October. An appropriate platform as visitors arrive from all around the world to celebrate Shetland textiles with a week of classes, exhibitions, demonstrations and idea sharing.

To mark the launch of the book, a special discount of 10% will be given on purchases until the end of Wool Week (13th October) The book is available to pre-order now online at Shetland Heritage Shop and will be available in the Shetland Museum and Archives gift shop following the launch. The book is available in Softback (£25.00) and Hardback (£35).

A selection of previews are available here:


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