Material Literacy in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Serena Dyer (Editor); Michael Yonan (Series edited by); Chloe Wigston Smith (Editor)
Publication Date: 2020
This edited collection unearths the tactile and tacit knowledge that underpinned fashion, tailoring and textile production, illuminating, for the first time, the material literacies learnt, enacted and understood by British producers and consumers. The skills required for sewing, embroidering and the textile arts were possessed by a large proportion of the British population: men, women and children, professional and amateur alike. Building on previous studies of shoppers and consumption in the period, as well as narratives of manufacture, this collection documents the multiplicity of small producers behind Britain's consumer revolution, reshaping our understanding of the dynamics between making and objects, consumption and production.