Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East

Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East

by John Guy
     
 

The dazzling cloths presented in this book are the visual record of one of the great untold stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. Outstanding among them are the patterned cottons - the famous chintzes - and the tie-dyed silk patola, reserved for rulers and the nobility. John Guy examines the history of the…  See more details below

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The dazzling cloths presented in this book are the visual record of one of the great untold stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. Outstanding among them are the patterned cottons - the famous chintzes - and the tie-dyed silk patola, reserved for rulers and the nobility. John Guy examines the history of the cloth-for-spices trade, describes the techniques of textile production, and then looks in detail at the place of imported cloths in the Malay world, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. The historical focus is on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the trade was at its peak.

Editorial Reviews

Jane Mathews
Textiles have been essential to the economy of nations as well as to the status and wealth of individuals for thousands of years. Woven Cargoes beautifully presents the complexity of that relationship.
Handwoven
Library Journal - Library Journal
Guy, curator of the Indian and South-East Asia Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), has written extensively on Indian and Southeast Asian culture as reflected in textiles, ceramics, and sculpture. Here, concentrating on the 17th and 18th centuries, he uses historical images of people and places as well as other art to examine the history of Indian cloth and to provide a context for studying its design. This research focuses on the trade of Indian cloth with the East, with chapters outlining the Asian trade before European intervention, the Malay world, Indonesia, Thailand, China, and Japan. The text discusses both the fine and coarsely painted and printed dyed cotton chintzes and patola, the double-ikat silk cloth, that were created for special markets and traded for the spices of the East by Asian, Arab, and European merchants. This beautifully photographed history of design and trade is for academic and specialized collections.--Judith Yankeilun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., NJ
Booknews
Dazzling cloths present a visual record of the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. With a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, Guy (deputy curator, Victoria and Albert Museum) examines the history of the cloth-for-spices trade, describes the techniques of textile production, and then looks in detail at the place of imported clothes in the Malay world, Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan. The volume contains 145 beautiful color illustrations as well as 96 b&w photographs and illustrations. Oversize: 9.25x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500018637
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 12.39(h) x 0.84(d)

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