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Chinese silk had been carried along the Silk Road into Europe for centuries. But only the rich could afford it. Most ordinary people wore wool or linen. The Company began to import raw silk for the weavers in London as well as bulk purchases of silk cloth.

Chinese manufacturers began to produce designs and styles especially for the European market. Suddenly silk clothing was within reach of all but the very poor.

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English and Dutch factories on the banks of the Red River at Hanoi, engraved from a drawing by Samuel Baron 1686.
W.1917
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Silk Textiles
Collection of Mr & Mrs Indar Pasricha, London
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Export album of court costumes. Manuscript paintings on silk based on the Huang chao li qi tu (illustrations of ceremonial objects). 19th century
Or.9430.73
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