Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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What We Wear — Sofi Thanhauser


Sofi Thanhauser
Worn: A People's History of Clothing

Sofi Thanhauser teaches in the writing department at Pratt Institute. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, MacDowell, and Ucross Foundation. Her writing has appeared in Vox, The Guardian, Observer Magazine, and Dame among other publications. 

Her new book is Worn: A People's History of Clothing. She lives in Brooklyn.


In her book, Worn, Sofi Thanhauser tells five stories—Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool—about the clothes we wear and where they come from. She makes clear how the clothing industry has become one of the planet’s worst polluters and how it relies on chronically underpaid and exploited laborers. 

But she also shows us how micro-communities, textile companies, and clothing makers in every corner of the world are rediscovering ethical methods for making what we wear. 


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