Journal Article

‘Marvellous things are made with needles’

Barbara Karl

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 23, issue 2, pages 301-313
Published in print November 2011 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online November 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhq028
‘Marvellous things are made with needles’

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Indian textiles were among the most important trade goods during the early modern period. This study illustrates the importance of inventories in the context of studying a specific group of Indian embroideries (colchas) from the late sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries. The inventories consulted here from Portugal, England, Italy, Spain and Austria provide a variety of information on the textiles themselves and their historical context. In order to enlarge the picture extracted from the inventories, other documents such as letters and travel accounts are examined. This comparison of inventories with other sources, helps to demonstrate how these complex goods where adapted for and utilized by the European market.

Journal Article.  9747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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