The Devil's Cloth: The History of Stripes

The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes

Happy New Year, readers! Welcome to (or back to) the Lars Book Club! We love to read, share, and discuss wonderful books about art, design, flowers, you name it! Throw in a good classic, an inspiring self-help, and a juicy memoir or two, and that’s a recipe for a great reading year.  We’re so glad you’re here and hope you will feel comfortable enough with this online, no-pressure book club to share your thoughts. We want to hear from YOU!

January’s book covers a topic you may have never put an ounce of thought to stripes! Playful, fresh, bold, or feminine, stripes are all around us. But have you ever thought where they began? Or their meanings? The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureau sheds some light on these questions! With examples from history, Pastoureau makes us think about the origins of something we’ve accepted as a fashion norm in our lives today. Enjoy and please follow along via @larsbookclub!

Stay tuned for a mid-month post with discussion questions, additional reading suggestions, and illustrated printables! We commission an artist each month to create a corresponding poster and bookmark just for YOU, lovely readers! It’s always a treat and something to look forward to each month. Happy reading! We’re excited for another year!

Photography by Clara Sumsion Jones