In Pursuit of Color

Anthropologist and textile artist Lauren MacDonald explores a practice that is both ancient and wholly modern: colouring cloth. In Pursuit of Color brings together historical techniques, archive photography, specimens and present-day events to tell the histories of some of the world’s most important dyestuffs, complemented with an individual pullout appendix detailing notes on practical applications and the chemistry behind dyeing processes.Over the centuries our manipulation of the natural world has resulted in an explosion of synthetic dye production and application globally. The pursuit of colour has long spurred economic and social contest, and through this deeply researched volume we explore the stories that the materials used to dye cloth tell us about our complex relationship to nature, our troubling ideas about progress and our understanding of power and labour.Lauren MacDonald (born 1990) is a Canadian-born multidisciplinary artist, designer and founder of the London, UK textiles studio Working Cloth. She has a background in material culture, textile science and fashion.

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