Introduction: The Ocean’s Many Cloth Pathways

  • Pedro Machado
  • Sarah Fee
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Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Abstract

Of the world’s great ocean basins, it was the Indian Ocean that most widely produced, exchanged and consumed cloth in the greatest variety and types of finish, and over the longest time. This introduction presents the volume’s thematic sections and the twelve chapters that follow, contextualizing them within current scholarship. It further provides an overview of the region, and the volume’s expansive view of the ocean as an ‘interaction-based arena’ that, while connected to other oceans and seas, had an internal dynamism and historical coherence created by widespread human relationships that were themselves undergirded in significant ways by the kinds of material exchanges and histories represented by the trades and consumption of textiles discussed in the book’s pages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Machado
    • 1
  • Sarah Fee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of World CulturesRoyal Ontario MuseumTorontoCanada

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