The Biography of Wool

The Biography of Wool

by Carrie Gleason


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The history of wool is not simply the history of a product that people wear, but a history of farming, human migration, and manufacturing. This intriguing new book tells the story of one of the world’s first fibers, shorn from sheep, carded into wool, and spun into cloth since as early as 1500 B.C. From early sailors to today’s astronauts, woolen clothing remains a popular choice for protection from the elements. Topics include
• sheep and goat farming and fleecing
• British woolen goods prized by Roman invaders
• weavers, trade guilds and wool marts or “staples”
• the Industrial Revolution and the start of mass manufactured clothing
• wool and textile production today
Teacher’s guide available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778724964
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Series: How Did That Get Here? Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 7 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Warm and Woolly     4
What is Wool?     6
Wool Lands     8
Raising Sheep     10
From Sheep to Sweater     14
Wool in Ancient Times     18
Medieval Wool     20
Settlers and Sheep     22
At Work in Wool Mills     24
Uses of Wool     28
The Future of Wool     30
Glossary and Index     32

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