|Detail from quilt made by my aunt, Brenda White (photo Jane Ayres)|
A casual conversation got me thinking about the relationship between words that describe sewing, embroidery and the process of writing, so I did some exploring. Apparently, "text" derives from textile.
Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven," from past participle stem of texere "to weave, to join, fit together, braid, interweave, construct, fabricate, build *
We talk of weaving words and spinning a tale (where the term "spin doctor" originates?); we refer to the fabric of a story, the strands and threads. A story can be a yarn, a tapestry of words.
Spinning a tale, a tapestry of words. And of course, a tapestry tells a story that can be communicated without the need for a knowledge of reading and writing.
Humans have a profound need to tell their stories, by whatever means.
Related post: http://janeayres.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/life-stories.html