Melissa Kwasny

4/25/2019 | Elliott Bay Book Company

Readings & Lectures Capitol Hill/Central District

In Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear, poet and essayist Melissa Kwasny explores the age-old relationship between humans and the animals that have provided us with our clothing: leather, wool, silk, feathers, pearls, and fur. From silkworms grown on plantations in Japan and mink farms off Denmark’s western coast to pearl beds in the Sea of Cortés, she offers firsthand accounts of traditions and manufacturing methods–aboriginal to modern–and descriptions of the marvel and miracle of the clothing itself. What emerges is a fresh look at the cultural history of fashion.

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