ATG Quirkies: The Original Wearable Information Technology

 by Peter Damian - CC 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

by Peter Damian – CC 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Long before Google glasses and the Google watch there were  wearable books.    Evidently during the Middle Ages people wasted nothing including old manuscript pages as they converted them into clothing as diverse as an everyday dress and a bishop’s miter.

Author Ayun Halliday,  posting on the Open Culture website, recalls the rich tradition of “putting old pages to good use,” as she quotes Dutch art historian Erik Kwakkel that “dismembered books were to have a second life: they became travelers in time, stowaways… with great and important stories to tell.”

It appears that our recycling ethos isn’t as modern as many of us may have thought.

(Links to ATG Quirkies  provided by John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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