This volume examines the role of textiles within the expanding global economy in the Age of European Exploration. Major themes include: the opening of new markets and responses to competition in the cloth trade, evolving techniques and modes of production, and changes in the patterns of consumption of local and imported cloth in a comparative, cross-cultural context.
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Contents: Introduction; Ottoman Empire: Incorporation of the Middle East into the European world-economy, Murat Ã‡izakÃ§a; Iran: The Iranian raw silk trade and European manufacture in the 17th and 18th centuries, Edmund Herzig; British North America: The gender division of labour in the production of textiles in 18th-century rural Pennsylvania (rethinking the New England model), Adrienne D. Hood; Spanish colonial America and Brazil: ÂProto-industria colonial?, Manuel MiÃ±o Grijalva; Reconsidering textile production in late colonial Brazil: new evidence from Minas Gerais, Douglas C. Libby; China: La production textile dans la Chine traditionelle, Kang Chao; Japan: Textiles and trade in Tokugawa Japan, William B. Hauser; India: Textile producers and production in late 17th-century Coromandel, Joseph J. Brennig; Weavers, merchants and company: the handloom industry in southeastern India, 1750-1790, S. Arasaratnam; Southeast Asia: The textile industry in southeast Asia, 1400-1800, Kenneth R. Hall; Africa: West African textiles, 1500-1800, Carolyn Keyes Adenaike; Raffia cloth in west central Africa, 1500-1800, Jan Vansina; Index.
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