Originally knit as underwear the sweater is a practical garment with homely beginnings and has evolved as a fashion statement this book traces the sweaters 300 year history as an aesthetic and craft object telling the story of its materials and construction national traditions fads and fashion and accessories. You may think you know the sweater history but i think you will be engaged by the information contained in the sweater a history by jane merrill and gail demeyere unlike the long scholarly slog that is the history of knitting by richard rutt this book is a pleasure to digest. The sweater is a delicate green only faded with the passage of time it was worn by a little girl named kristine keren as she cowered in the sewers of lvov poland to avoid being rounded up by nazis. Telltale signs of the ugly sweater are liberal use of red and green comically large depictions of snowmen reindeer and christmas trees and any sort of pom pom or felt applique though the sweater as a garment has existed in the us since the late 19 th century hideous holiday versions only began to sprout up in the last several decades
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