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Indian Textiles in the East

From Southeast Asia to Japan

John Guy

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A vibrant exploration of the history of the Indian textiles trade, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries when the thousand-year-old trade was at its peak


The dazzlingly varied cloths presented in this book are the visual record of one of the great stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. John Guy examines the history of the cloth-for-spices trade, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries when the thousand-year-old trade was at is peak.

With beautiful photographs of the textiles themselves (outstanding among them the famous cotton chintzes and the tie-and-dye silk patola), illuminating images of people and places, and vivid first-hand descriptions by travellers and merchants, this is both an indispensable resource and a visual feast for all students and lovers of textiles.

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'Accessible and intricately researched … groundbreaking'
The Art Newspaper

'One of the great stories of Asian design history … The text is supported by beautiful photography, vivid first-hand descriptions and historic images'

'The fullest account of the vast Asian trade in Indian textiles to have been produced so far … accessible yet authoritative'
Textile History

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 30.5 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 241

Publication date: 5 October 2009

ISBN: 9780500288290

Contents List

I. Textiles, Culture and Spices • II. Techniques and Production Centres III. Indian Cloth and International Trade • IV. The Asian Trade Before European Intervention • V. The Malay World • VI. Indonesia • VII. Cloths in the Fashion of Siam • VIII. China • IX. ‘Strange Painteinges’: The Japan Trade

About the Author

John Guy is Curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He was formerly Deputy Curator of the Indian and South-East Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Curator of the Indian Department at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.