Repro ID: D9776_1
Title: Silk handkerchief made for the East India Company.
Description: 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 East India Company began to import raw silk for the weavers in London as well as fine silk cloth. Chinese and Indian manufacturers began to produce designs and styles especially for the British market. Suddenly silk clothing was within reach of all but the very poor.
Date: c. 1800
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London