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Blue Cast: Virginia Postrel on Viewing History Through a Textile Lens

Going back millennia, one continuous thread throughout historic civilizations is the presence of textiles.

For writer Virginia Postrel, fabric provides a means for studying many different topics—from economics and trade to religion and politics. The author’s latest book, “The Fabric of Civilization,” digs into the cultural role that fabric has played and the technological advances in apparel. In the most recent episode of Blue Cast, Virginia chatted with Lenzing’s Tricia Carey about her book and the ways that consumer attitudes toward textiles have evolved.

“[Textiles] is a very, very rich subject that lets us understand human society much better,” said Virginia.

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit