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Cheap and cheerful: Chinese silks in Scandinavia, 1731-1761
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, History.
2017 (English)In: Eighteenth-century studies, ISSN 0013-2586, E-ISSN 1086-315X, Vol. 51, no 1, 23-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the large Scandinavian trade in cheap and colorful Chinese silk textiles between 1731 and 1761. Most pieces brought from Canton (Guangzhou) to Denmark and Sweden were monochrome, with discreet designs and patterns. What stood out was the wide color assortment, shades named with a nomenclature shared by the European East India companies. Changing quantities of different shades of red and blue silks reveal shifting Scandinavian consumer demands. The lack of new colors in the assortment of cheap and cheerful Chinese silks suggests, however, that Canton only played a limited role as a fashion leader.

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2017. Vol. 51, no 1, 23-44 p.
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History and Archaeology
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Intercultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26545DOI: 10.1353/ecs.2017.0045ISI: 000413757700002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85032486342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26545DiVA: diva2:1156461
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-16Bibliographically approved

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