Today's world textile and garment trade is valued at a staggering
$425 billion. We are told that under the pressure of increasing
globalisation, it is India and China that are the new world
manufacturing powerhouses. However, this is not a new phenomenon:
until the industrial revolution, Asia manufactured great quantities
of colourful printed cottons that were sold to places as far afield
as Japan, West Africa and Europe. Cotton explores this earlier... more...