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Textile Industry
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The production of food and textiles was always understood in China to be the basis of the prosperity and economy of the people. The adage had always been: "the man who does not till the soil, shall go hungry; the woman who does not weave her cloth, shall suffer from cold". In China, the manufacture of textile structures and products can be traced back to the 5th millennium BCE. Production of genuine silk cloth (cansi) probably began long before the 3rd millennium BCE, when the earliest archeological findings appear. The raw materials for textiles such as silk, ramie, …

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Kuhn, Dieter and Hammer, Ramona, “Textile Industry”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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