This month we are concentrating on the Export Market, an area of particularly interest for me. How weavers and embroiderers in China and India, adapted their skills and copied and altered Western design to promote trade. A skirt embroidered in the Chinese enclave of Macau for the Portuguese market during the early 18th century is a very rare item of dress. Another Chinese skirt of silk damask with a fashionable huge pattern, also to be seen on silk wall coverings in grand houses. A beautiful Chinese hand painted dress, the fabric 1750/60s would have been sent to England and made into a robe. This expensive fabric was then re made in the 1770s. In Madras, India chequered design cotton was woven for export. A more upmarket silk and cotton mix would have been exported to Europe by the East India Companies, and made into garments. We have a very nice check apron in this section.
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