Textiles are a defining technology of civilization, one of the basic attributes that define a culture. Fabrics quite literally touch every aspect of our lives: we are protected, ornamented, and comforted by the materials we wrap ourselves in, sleep under, and walk upon. What we wear and how we wear it communicates who we are to ourselves and others. After language and gesture, apparel is the most direct way in which we personally communicate. Mystics describe the nature of reality itself as being woven from threads of destiny.