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By Dashu Qin, Jian Yuan

As key nodes that hooked up historical silk routes traversing China, Japan and India, buying and selling hubs, cities and towns in Java and Sumatra and different locations in Asia have been key vacation spot issues for retailers, clergymen and different itinerants plying those routes.

contemporary archaeological excavations in international locations bordering the South China Sea and round the Indian Ocean unveiled awesome similarities in artifacts recovered either on land and from the ocean. The similarities underlined the numerous points of nearby exchanges and cross-cultural affects between humans and areas in those networks. the various findings point out a special chinese language presence within the advertisement, social and spiritual actions of those early Asian buying and selling posts.

This ebook collects papers from the symposium on historical Silk exchange Routes — move Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia. It explores a number of threads coming up from this nearby alternate of products and ideas, specifically, the cross-cultural dimensions of the exchanges within the parts of cloth exchange, ceramic routes, buying and selling hubs, arts and artifacts and Buddhism.

Readership: teachers, undergraduate and graduates scholars, execs drawn to historical silk routes, archaeology, Buddhism, Borobudur, and ceramics exchange.

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It is a single sided structure. Two colored fabric, a single yellow colored warp and a blue colored weft (Fig. 13). It forms curvilinear lines in which two dots are placed. Chinese characters run vertically. In a repeat. Horizontally four different characters are placed throughout the width at equal intervals. The width of the fabric is 47 cm. Figure 14 depicts a silk fabric with striped warps. It creates patterns of peacock feathers and inscriptions. indd 51 12/9/2014 5:14:04 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Fig.

They were written from the third to the fourth century. Amongst these various documents, some have a mention of coins but other forms of money were used and barter also played an important role. These documents also mention textiles used as payment or part payment, particularly silk, tavastaga carpets, Kojava rugs and felt garments. Silk was a very common currency used in China from the Warring States period (475–221 BC) and by the mid third century BC. There was a standard unit of textile money, which has an equivalent value in coin.

The religious and official costumes gave full scope for the decorative treatment, especially those intended for masculine adornment. The Chinese have probably decorated themselves with embroidery for almost as long as they have learnt to wear clothes. indd 48 12/9/2014 5:13:54 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Lou-lan Textiles in the Stein Collection at the National Museum, New Delhi Fig. 013; 2000/10/101; length along with ribbon — 14 cms; Woolen pad covered with embroidered silk fabric, lozenge shaped having a ribbon for suspension.

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