Ch 4: Textiles Through History

About This Chapter

These lessons will help you gain insight into the history of textile production from an early era. Use the interactive quizzes to gauge your level of understanding and help improve your professional or educational work.

Textiles Through History - Chapter Summary

The textile industry is a multifaceted international business, but it took years of refining the process and setting standards of practice to get to this point. These lessons will offer information about the evolution of the textile industry from as the Byzantine Empire up to the present day. Use the quizzes to help you assess your level of knowledge with each lesson, and keep track of your progress through a course from your Dashboard. These short, engaging lessons are available on all devices, any time. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify Byzantine textile characteristics
  • Understand textile industry's development from the 17th through 19th centuries
  • Explain the influence of the Industrial Revolution on the establishment of textile mills
  • Tell about the textile revolution
  • Discern important details of the textile strikes of 1912 and 1934
  • Analyze changes to the industry in the 20th century
  • Describe the Textile Fiber Productions Identification Act

18 Lessons in Chapter 4: Textiles Through History
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Textile Industry History

1. Textile Industry History

Learn about the processes involved in producing fabrics and cloth, discover technological advances that contributed to the industrialization of the textile industry, and explore the rich history of textiles from ancient civilization to the present.

Byzantine Textiles: Characteristics & History

2. Byzantine Textiles: Characteristics & History

Textiles are an important art form in many cultures. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of textiles in the Byzantine Empire and see how this art defined one of the most powerful empires in the world.

17th Century Textiles

3. 17th Century Textiles

During the 17th Century, the design, manufacture, and use of textiles was a major part of society. Learn about the function and beauty of these textiles in this lesson.

18th Century Textiles

4. 18th Century Textiles

While the manufacture of textiles has been important throughout human history, by the 18th century, textiles were a major world trade item. In this lesson, learn about popular textiles produced in China, India, and Egypt and exported around the globe in the 18th century.

19th Century Textiles

5. 19th Century Textiles

If you'd like to learn more about the Industrial Revolution, then textiles of the period are a great place to start. To learn more about textiles of the 19th century, give this lesson a look.

Textile Industry & the Industrial Revolution

6. Textile Industry & the Industrial Revolution

In this lesson, we will examine the textile industry during the Industrial Revolution. We will highlight key developments and themes, and learn about the critical role textiles played in the Industrial Revolution.

The Textile Revolution

7. The Textile Revolution

In this lesson you will learn about the revolution in textile production (1760-1850). You will explore how the changes in textile production affected the lives of workers. Lastly, you will discover the inventions that revolutionized the production of cotton, wool and flax (linen).

Textile Mills: Industrial Revolution & History

8. Textile Mills: Industrial Revolution & History

In this lesson we will learn about textile mills during the Industrial Revolution. We will identify common characteristics, and we will highlight specific mills to understand the role they played during the Industrial Revolution.

1912 Lawrence Textile Strike

9. 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike

In this lesson we explore the background, events, and results of the 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike at the American Woolen Company, a seminal event in American labor history.

1920s Textiles

10. 1920s Textiles

In this lesson we will learn about textiles in the 1920s. We will learn what textiles were popular and in what styles they were worn. We will also place textiles in the context of America's most 'roaring' decade.

Textile Strike of 1934

11. Textile Strike of 1934

In this lesson, we will learn about the Textile Strike of 1934. We will identify the causes of the strike, highlight its key developments, and understand why it is an important historical event.

1950s Textiles

12. 1950s Textiles

During the post-war period of the 1950s, advances in textiles were based on chemical developments that produced materials like nylon, acrylic, and wash-and-wear.

1960s Textiles

13. 1960s Textiles

A lot changed in the 1960s, including people's ideas about textiles. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of textile design and manufacturing in the 1960s, and see how this reflected global attitudes about the changing world.

1970s Textiles

14. 1970s Textiles

Experience the 1970s era in textiles and learn about textile trends in America during this exciting cultural period when designers were crafting new styles based on hippie, punk, and Bohemian subcultures.

Textile Fiber Products Identification Act

15. Textile Fiber Products Identification Act

There are many laws which we don't often think about but which have some pretty big impacts on our lives. In this lesson, we'll talk about one such piece of legislation, the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, and explore both its history and use in modern society.

Handcrafted Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

16. Handcrafted Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

Have you ever sewn something? Once, people made many textiles by hand. In this lesson, learn the definition of handcrafted textiles and explore how the making of them was transformed during the Industrial Revolution.

Sofa Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

17. Sofa Textiles: Definition & the Industrial Revolution

Sofas are amazing. Where would we be without them? Believe it or not, there's a pretty intricate history behind this beloved furniture item, which we're going to explore through this lesson.

Ancient Roman Textiles

18. Ancient Roman Textiles

Ancient Roman citizens had very specific ideas that defined their desired quality of life. In this lesson, we are going to explore Roman textiles and see how these products fit into that definition.

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