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Transregional Trade and TradersSituating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900$
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Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001

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Adjusting Output to Demand

Adjusting Output to Demand

Weavers and Collateral Service Providers’ Equation with the English Merchants in Gujarat in the Seventeenth Century

(p.285) 11 Adjusting Output to Demand
Transregional Trade and Traders

Nishat Manzar

Oxford University Press

Contemporary sources reveal that volume of trade between India and Europe multiplied in the seventeenth century with the energetic participation of the Dutch and the English Companies. They were quite organized regarding schedule of shipping, negotiating the prices, engaging the artisans and brokers, maintaining good relations with the authorities, and so on. Very early, they realized that investment in textiles would be of great benefit for them. In view of tremendous competition, weavers were engaged through brokers and were provided with musters to prepare pieces according to certain specifications. Pieces were to be printed and given a fine finish. There were always complains about the behaviour of these groups. Interestingly, most of the complaints registered against any of the groups of artisans were about weavers, washers, and painters. In turn, they too protested frequently against their exploitation. Here an attempt is made to understand the equation between the artisans, service providers, brokers, and merchants.

Keywords:   weavers, English, the Dutch, brokers, painters, washers

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