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Reading: Machines, hands and propaganda – A ler: Máquinas, mãos e propaganda

March 29, 2014

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More random finds at the University of Michigan library. The language and the small history section of this booklet about Japanese knitting machines are fascinating. With so much beautiful Japanese knitting around, it was very interesting to realize that woolen yarns were first introduced in Japan only in the 1870’s and that it took a long time until they became affordable and available. The association of knitting with home-making and westernisation  contrasted sharply with descriptions of the need to make durable clothes during the poorer days of Japan, earlier in the century. Overall, a wonderful surprise.

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