Pomp and Poverty

A History of Silk in Ireland
Author(s): 
Dunlevy, Mairead
ISBN: 
9780300170412
Date published: 
May 2011
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
280

Lustrous, warm, lightweight, strong silk has always been a symbol of wealth and status, beginning in prehistoric China. This title introduces us to the merchants or 'silk men' who traded in silk, oversaw its production and invested in machinery and design and weavers and dyers who created luxury under exploitative conditions for miserable wages.