Textiles From India: The Global Trade

Item Code: IDF327
Author: Rosemary Crill
Publisher: Seagull Books
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 1905422172
Pages: 404 (Illustrated in Full Colour)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.3" X 7"
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Book Description
From the Jacket:

For hundreds of years, textiles from India have travelled the globe, clothing the world, from kings and queens to the common man. Indian textiles have been traded in Europe, America, Africa, and The Far East, often passing into ritual and religious custom. They have included the most exclusive and expensive festive fabrics as well as the common cloth used for daily wear. This fascinating global history from the medieval period upto the present day is excitingly captured in this lavishly illustrated collection of wide-ranging essays by scholars from four continents. So we read about shawls from Kashmir making their way across Asia; brocades specially woven in Benaras for Buddhist rituals in Tibet, the muslins of Bengal, block prints and Chintz, perennial favourites in Europe; and the unique Indian embroideries at Hardwick Hall, England, in a major contribution to the study of this fascinating aspect of India's cultural and economic history.

From the Back of the Book:

In the early eighteenth century… Indian textile were known and admired around the world for their beauty and for technical finesse in springing, weaving and dyeing. By the second half of the nineteenth century, India had become a textile importer. Spinning, dyeing and hand-manufactures in towns and villages across the subcontinent were overwhelmed by the impact of subsidized mill-made imports. Nevertheless, virtuosity in hand-manufactures survived in many places so that, even in twenty-first century, there is a strong link with the past and India remains a leader in the modest world output of hand-loomed textiles.

Editor's Note

Introduction: It all Started with George Amrita Mukerji

Section I:
The Textile Trade with Asia

Monisha Ahmed 9
Brocade for the Buddhists -
The Textile Trade between Benares and Tibet

Joss Graham 27
The Contemporary Use of Gyasar Brocade in Qinghai Province, China (Amdo, Tibet)

Ralph Kauz 39
Bengali Textiles as Tribute Items to Ming China

Steven Cohen 56
The Unusual Textile Trade between India and Sri Lanka:
Block-prints and Chintz 1550-1900

Janet Rizvi 81
The Asian Trade in Kashmir Shawls

Ruth Barnes 99
Indian Textiles for Island Taste:
The Trade to Eastern Indonesia

Brigitte Khan Majlis 117
In Quest of Patterns: Notes on a Group of Indian
Trade Textiles from the Treasury of the Raja of Los Palos in East Timor

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg 135
Who Influenced Whom? The Indian Textile Trade to Sumatra and Java

Section 2:
The Textile Trade with Africa, America and Europe

Joanne Eicher 153
Kalabari Identity and Indian Textile in the Niger Delta

Hazel Lutz 173
Changing Twentieth-century Design and Industry
Structure in the India-West Africa Embroidery Trade

Jeffrey Hess 195
An Indian Ocean Odyssey:
Malagasy Raffia Ikat Textiles in Gujarat

Susan Bean 217
Bengal Goods for America in Nineteenth Century

Donald Clay Johnson 233
Seventeenth-Century Perceptions of Textile Trade as Evidenced in the writings of the Emperor Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe

Rosemary Crill 245
The Earliest Survivors?
The Indian Embroideries at Hardwick Hall

Section 3:
Geographical Patterns of the Indian Textile Trade

Jasleen Dhamija 263
The Geography of Textiles

Nasreen Askari 268
High Roads and Low Roads: A Historical Overview of the Textile Trade of Sindhi

Sujata Parsai 287
Surat as a Centre of the Textile Trade

Section 4:
Specific Types of Indian Trade Textile

Ruby Ghuznavi 303
Muslins of Bengal

Satarupa Dutta Majumder 316
Satgaon Quilts: A Study

Yashodhara Agrawal 329
Mashru as a Trade Textile

Charu Smita Gupta 343
The Trade in Zardozi Textiles

Section 5:
The Trade in Dyes

Jenny Balfour-Paul 357
India's Trade in Indigo – Its Ups and Downs

Rex Cowan 375
Shipwrecks, Dyestuffs and the India Trade
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