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Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies

Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures, and the Material Worlds of the Indian Ocean

An Ocean of Cloth

Editors: Machado, Pedro, fee, Sarah, Campbell, Gwyn (Eds.)

  • Presents the first truly comprehensive study of textile trades across the Indian Ocean
  • Advances knowledge of textiles and trade in the region with a unique, expansive geographical and chronological focus
  • Appeals to scholars of history, anthropology, art history, and geography, as well as archaeologists, curators, and collectors
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About this book

This collection examines cloth as a material and consumer object from early periods to the twenty-first century, across multiple oceanic sites—from Zanzibar, Muscat and Kampala to Ajanta, Srivijaya and Osaka. It moves beyond usual focuses on a single fibre (such as cotton) or place (such as India) to provide a fresh, expansive perspective of the ocean as an “interaction-based arena,” with an internal dynamism and historical coherence forged by material exchange and human relationships. Contributors map shifting social, cultural and commercial circuits to chart the many histories of cloth across the region. They also trace these histories up to the present with discussions of contemporary trade in Dubai, Zanzibar, and Eritrea. Richly illustrated, this collection brings together new and diverse strands in the long story of textiles in the Indian Ocean, past and present.

About the authors

Pedro Machado is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Sarah Fee is a Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Fashion at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.

Gwyn Campbell is Professor of History and Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University, Canada.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Ocean’s Many Cloth Pathways

    Machado, Pedro (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Textiles and Silver: The Indian Ocean in a Global Frame

    Parthasarathi, Prasannan

    Pages 29-54

  • Cloth and Commerce: Understanding Indian Economic History

    Lakshmi Subramanian,

    Pages 55-77

  • Handkerchiefs, Scarves, Sarees and Cotton Printed Fabrics: Japanese Traders and Producers and the Challenges of Global Markets

    Sugimoto, Seiko

    Pages 79-104

  • Kanga Made in Japan: The Flow from the Eastern to the Western End of the Indian Ocean World

    Suzuki, Hideaki

    Pages 105-132

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58265-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-58264-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures, and the Material Worlds of the Indian Ocean
Book Subtitle
An Ocean of Cloth
Editors
  • Pedro Machado
  • Sarah fee
  • Gwyn Campbell
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58265-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58265-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58264-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 426
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
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