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Identifier: cotton00nati
Title: Cotton
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: National association of cotton manufacturers
Subjects: Cotton manufacture
Publisher: [s.l. : National Association of Cotton Manufacturers]
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries


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the later Roman Empire in the East, and they brought toart a new vision, and lifted design above the narrow limits of tribalinsignia. Under their influence, the arts of the different peopleswhom they conquered either directly or indirectly, blossomed into anew era of creation and in this great revival, cotton played a majorpart. While evidence is lacking, there is some reason to believe that witha closer commercial relationship to China and the consequentincreased knowledge of silk culture, the wheel commonly used forreeling the silk cocoon became adapted to the spinning of the shortcotton fibres. This invention immediately increased the productivityof spinners, hence more equally balancing weaving and make a surplusof fabric above domestic needs. Of greater importance than even these technical considerations isthe fact that the Arab, through the vast interlacing of his protectedtrade routes, his familiarity with travel by boat as well as land, [13] A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF A GREAT FIBRE

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Javanese Batik.(Collection of the Author) 14] A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF A GREAT FIBRE offered to the conquered provinces of the Mohammedan Empire aworld market for their surplus products. From Mohammeds flight from Mecca to Medina, to the conquestsof northern Africa and Spain is only a few brief years. Beyond theterror of their arms, their commercial and artistic influence extended.The great trade cities of Italy of the Middle Ages and their youngersisters in Flanders, the walled towns along the northern caravan routeto China, the slumberous cities of the Nile, and the forest and deserttrails of equatorial Africa, knew the crescent-turbanned traders, thebearded, competent travelers who turned towards Mecca in theirprayers. If we expect the great Roman triumphs and the discovery ofAmerica and the equally important (commercially at least) discoveryof a water route to India around the Cape of Good Hope, no influencein history was so powerful as that of the Arab and Moorishconquests. In the Da


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