In this book, Brenda M. King challenges the notion that Britain always exploited its empire. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship were all part of the Anglo-Indian silk trade and were nurtured in the era of empire through mutually beneficial collaboration. The trade operated within and without the empire, according to its own dictates and prospered in the face of increasing competition from China and Japan. King presents a new picture of the trade, where the strong links between Indian designs, the English silk industry and prominent members of the English the arts and crafts movement led to the production of beautiful and luxurious textiles.
Lavishly illustrated, this book will be of interest to those interested in the relationship between the British Empire and the Indian subcontinent, as well as by historians of textiles and fashion. -- .
Brenda M. King is Lecturer in Design History and Museum and Heritage Studies, an Independent Researcher and an exhibition Curator -- .
List of figures List of plates Glossary of textile terms Glossary of Indian textile terms Preface Introduction Part I The Anglo-Indian silk trade 1. The state of sericulture in England 2. Design issues in the English silk industry 3. India as a potential solution 4. Indian sericulture: an industry in decline Part II Thomas Wardle 5. Background influences 6. Displaying India 7. The Arts and Crafts Movement and Indian silk 8. Legacies Bibliography Index -- .