Virginia Postrel on Textiles and the Fabric of Civilization

EconTalk | 16 November 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization and How Textiles Made the World. Tells the fascinating story behind the clothes we wear and everything that goes into producing them throughout history. The history of textiles, Postrel argues, is a good way of understanding the history of the world.

Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture… or Civilization

a16z | 24 October 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. Discusses the ubiquitousness of textile metaphors; the genetics of cotton; the supply chain of silk (including early machines, early management techniques, maestra and notions of expertise); the storage and transmission of knowledge; knitting and AI; and the environmental impact of dyes.