Silk and empire

By Brenda King

Silk and empire
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  • ISBN: 9780719067013
  • Publish Date: Dec 2008
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6701-3
    • Pages: 224
    • Price: £18.99
    • Published Date: December 2008
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism


    In this book, Brenda M. King challenges the notion that Britain always exploited its empire. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship were all part of the Anglo-Indian silk trade and were nurtured in the era of empire through mutually beneficial collaboration. The trade operated within and without the empire, according to its own dictates and prospered in the face of increasing competition from China and Japan. King presents a new picture of the trade, where the strong links between Indian designs, the English silk industry and prominent members of the English the arts and crafts movement led to the production of beautiful and luxurious textiles.

    Lavishly illustrated, this book will be of interest to those interested in the relationship between the British Empire and the Indian subcontinent, as well as by historians of textiles and fashion.


    List of figures
    List of plates
    Glossary of textile terms
    Glossary of Indian textile terms
    Part I The Anglo-Indian silk trade
    1. The state of sericulture in England
    2. Design issues in the English silk industry
    3. India as a potential solution
    4. Indian sericulture: an industry in decline
    Part II Thomas Wardle
    5. Background influences
    6. Displaying India
    7. The Arts and Crafts Movement and Indian silk
    8. Legacies


    Brenda M. King is Lecturer in Design History and Museum and Heritage Studies, an Independent Researcher and an exhibition Curator

    Silk and empire

    By Brenda King

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