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Science and Civilisation in China : Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 9, Textile Technology: Spinning and Reeling v. 5 - Joseph Needham

Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 9, Textile Technology: Spinning and Reeling v. 5

Hardcover Published: 9th June 1988
ISBN: 9780521320214
Number Of Pages: 556

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This study, the first of two parts which will give a comprehensive account of Chinese textiles and textile technology, deals with the evolution of bast fibre spinning and silk-reeling in the history of China. These operations are the basic techniques in the production of yarn and thread, pre-requisite to weaving, and any study of Chinese textile technology must start with the raw material obtained from fibre plants such as hemp, ramie, jute, cotton, etc, and silk reeled off from cocoons of the domestic silkworm. Here for the first time in a publication outside China, the raw material, and the processing techniques applied to it, are documented in their context of historical evolution, geographical distribution and economic significance in an agrarian society. The time-span covered runs from the neolithic to the nineteenth century. Archaeological and pictoral evidence, the bulk of it hitherto unpublished in the West, is brought together with Chinese textual sources (which are extensively translated and interpreted) to illustrate Chinese achievements in this field. Professor Kuhn's study reveals the way in which Chinese textile-technological inventiveness has influenced textile production in other regions of the world and in medieval Europe. It explains how textile technology reached its high point between the tenth and thirteenth centuries and attempts to indicate the reasons for its subsequent relative decline. The development of the textile industry in Europe was a key factor in the rise of capitalism. In the case of China after Sung times, textile technology and the organisation of textile labour may help indicate why such a development did not take place in China.

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List of illustrations
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Foreword Joseph Needham
AuthorG++s note
Textile technology
Bibliographies
General index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521320214
ISBN-10: 0521320216
Series: Science and Civilisation in China : Book 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 556
Published: 9th June 1988
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 32.39 x 20.96  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.22

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