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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58264-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58265-8
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