By Hilary O'Kelly
This book records and celebrates the achievement of Cleo, now located on Kildare street but thriving in the area since 1936, in commissioning and promoting handknitting and handweaving through an era when few in Ireland appreciated its value. Knitting and weaving have long had a powerful emblematic status in the world-wide image of Irish craft and culture. Outside of the shop itself, the book gives a keen insight in the development of hand-knitting and the fashion industry in general in Ireland over the last seventy years.
About the author: With a long-standing interest in the material culture of clothing, Hilary O’Kelly graduated from the History of Dress course at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her research, focusing in particular on dress and the everyday, has embraced themes of cultural politics, identity, religion and emigration. She lectures in the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.
Publication date: January 2014
Format: 275mm x 205mm
Paperback, french flaps
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