Still reading A Perfect Red. Here's something to ponder the next time you find yourself gazing at an antique tapestry or a portrait of a Venetian doge.
With fortunes to be made and lost, rigid laws governing textile workers, and decrees controlling who could and could not wear bright colors, "...textiles were a matter of life and death in Renaissance Europe. In many ways, they were to the Renaissance what computing and biotech are to our own time; a high-stakes industry rife with intense rivalries and cutthroat competition -- an industry with the power to transform society." -- Amy Butler Greenfield.
Shown at top, images from silk manufacturer La Maison Georges Le Manach where equipment doesn't date to the Renaissance but nonetheless is centuries-old, via Selvedge, issue 29. Next, Suzanne Rheinstein's portraits of Venetian doges, cropped from Jeremy Samuelson's photo, House Beautiful, December 1993.