In Search of the World's Finest Wools is a photographic search around the world to find the finest wools available and to meet the dedicated people who care for the animals and harvest the raw wool. From this precious commodity comes the unsurpassed wools used around the world.
An ethnographic marriage of stunning imagery and authoritative text, the book reveals the nature of the animals, the lives of the farmers and nomadic shepherds that care for them, and the cultures and traditions that have enriched wool-producing societies for centuries, including the use of wool in traditional costume and for utility.
In Search of the World's Finest Wools explores these wool-producing regions:
People have used wool in a surprising number of ways for thousands of years, though primarily to keep warm or protect their skin from the sun. The world's wool-producing societies have deep connections to their animals, and anyone who works with wool holds it in the highest esteem for its beautiful practicality.
In Search of the World's Finest Wools is an excellent choice for tailors, knitters, weavers, rug purchasers, travelers and anyone interested in wool crafts, ethnography and culture.
Dominic Dormeuil is the fifth-generation president of the Dormeuil Cloth Company, founded in 1842, which creates high-quality fabrics from natural fibers. He travels the world to select the finest wools and learn more on the farmers' techniques and traditions.
Jean-Baptiste Rabouan is a photographer and a writer specializing in ethnographic reports. His previous books include Mother India, and he is also a regular contributor to the monthly Grands Reportages, where his photographic features and articles on his travels are published.