Silk Road: Textiles as Currency, and a trade of faith and representation.

The value of one woman was 40 bolts of silk.  (300-500 BC) Silk Road Map     A side note on current exchanges on the silk road Silk road Tash Rabat Carvanserai in Kyrgyzstan Relgions on the silk road:  Buddist, Muslim, Catholics. Chronology on the silk road  500 BC – 1900 AD Zhang Qian was… Continue reading Silk Road: Textiles as Currency, and a trade of faith and representation.

Africa: textiles and apparel

Pre Colonial Map Examples of Traditional Africa clothing and textiles: Ndebele of Southern part of Gauteng Provience in South Africa Dress description Zulu  Northern and Central Nguni (Zulu-speaking)   Clothing Descriptions Xhosa Tribal South and Western Cape.  Red Blanket People Winnie Mandela in traditional dress.  During apartheid it was a crime to wear traditional dress. Venda … Continue reading Africa: textiles and apparel

Aztec

Clothing was an expression of: social class, gender and role in society, age and religion.  The more wealth or prestiege one had the more eleborate their clothing would be. Materials: Nobles: cotton Lower classes: Ayate fiber made from Maguey Cactus  Ornaments: gold fur feathers jewlery bone wood shells Masks: worn for rituals Hair:  women: neaxlahualli.  Braids.… Continue reading Aztec