Additionally, the volume presents how this exchange has deeply and consistently influenced the production and consumption of textiles for millennia. The volume emphasizes the connections between textiles, economic and cultural exchanges, and trade routes. These connections are categorized into three main sections: I: Regions of Production, II: Trade, Exchange and Networks of Distribution, and III: Cultures of Consumption.
The volume's articles explores textiles as essential material for trade across the Indian Ocean. In "Converging Trades and New Technologies: The Emergence of Kanga Textiles on the Swahili Coast in the Late Nineteenth Century" by MacKenzie Ryan examines the history of this colorful East African garment by emphasizing how trade networks helped to satisfy consumer demands in the late nineteenth century. This article also demonstrates the impact of the imported materials and new printing technologies in designing new Kangas.
As a whole, this volume uses an interdisciplinary approach and includes valuable illustrations, tables, and figures concerning textile production, commerce, and consumption via trade routes across the Indian Ocean. It is an important contribution to understanding the historical and cultural connections spanning the world's third-largest oceanic division.
Edited by: Pedro Machado, Sarah Fee, Gwyn Campbell. Published by: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2018.
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