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

An Ocean of Cloth

  • Pedro Machado
  • Sarah Fee
  • Gwyn Campbell

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Pedro Machado, Sarah Fee
    Pages 1-25
  3. Regions of Production

  4. Trade, Exchange and Networks of Distribution

  5. Cultures of Consumption

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 397-426

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.


Consumer Culture Indian Ocean Textile Trade Indian Ocean Economy Indian Ocean Textiles Indian Economic History Indian Textiles South Asia History Indian Ocean Trade Indian Ocean History history of kanga Eritrean textile industry Southeast Asia textile history batik production history Oman textile history Madagascar textile production Zanzibar textile trade

Editors and affiliations

  • Pedro Machado
    • 1
  • Sarah Fee
    • 2
  • Gwyn Campbell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of HistoryIndiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of World CulturesRoyal Ontario MuseumTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Indian Ocean World CentreMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

About the editors

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.

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
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-58264-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86363-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-58265-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 426
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 39 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    Cultural History
    World History, Global and Transnational History
    Asian Culture
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