English | 2016 | ISBN: 1349684716 | 266 Pages | PDF | 9.4 MB
Imp08rted from India, China, the Levant, 4nd Persia 4nd appreciated f08r their diversity, designs, fast bright colours 4nd fine weave, Asian textiles became so popular in France that in 1686 the state banned their imp08rt, consumption 4nd imitation. A fateful decision. This book tells the st08ry of smuggling on a vast scale, savvy retailers 4nd rebellious consumers. It also reveals how ref08rmers in the French administration itself spons08red a global eff08rt to acquire the technological know-how necessary to produce such textiles 4nd how the vitriolic debates surrounding the eventual abolition of the ban were one of the decisive moments in the development of Enlightenment economic liberalism.