The Global Success of Silk

History Today has published a glowing review of Threads of Global Desire: Silk in the Pre-Modern World, by Dagmar Schäfer, Giorgio Riello, and Luca Molà:

"As this erudite volume makes clear, silk connects, communicates and challenges our assumptions about luxury and consumption.... To understand this story across time and space, [this volume] brought together specialists in silk cultivation, spinning, weaving, trade, design and use from across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Long in the making, the published results are fascinating. While it will be tempting to dip in and out according to specialist interests, it is well worth reading the whole book as an exercise in comparative history and material culture."