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Until well into the 19th century, textiles were products of plant and animal fibers. Most took the form of woven material (Weaving technology), but there were also knotted, braided, and knitted products (see Carpet; Lace; Hosier). The primary use of textiles was in the realm of apparel and household textiles (including bedding, curtains, and tablecloths). But textiles were not just consumer goods (Consumption); they were employe…

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Pfister, Ulrich, “Textiles”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028788>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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