Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, ‘Threads of Life’ stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland.