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19 07, 2017

Spices and cotton: Mughal Indian economy

By |2019-08-07T10:58:30-07:00July 19th, 2017|Economy, India|0 Comments

Japanese painting of Portuguese bringing Indian cargo to Japan (1500s AD) - the Mughal Indian Economy Trade under the Mughals Under the Mughal Empire, India continued to make a lot of money by trading. Trading ships carried things back and forth. They went west to East Africa and West Asia. And they went east to South-East Asia [...]

5 07, 2017

Economy in Archaic Greece

By |2019-01-31T07:07:58-07:00July 5th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|0 Comments

Archaic Greek economy: A black-figure vase showing a blacksmith at work (Athens, about 550 BC) Not much trade in the Dark Ages During the political collapse of the Greek Dark Age (about 1200-1000 BC), many Greek people did not have children, or left for other countries. There weren't so many people living in [...]

11 06, 2017

Cotton, wool, silk, hemp – Ancient India projects

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05-07:00June 11th, 2017|Clothing, Crafts, India|0 Comments

Cotton bolls hanging from the plants People in India were the first to grow cotton, about 2500 BC. It took four thousand years to spread cotton growing from India to China and Europe. But wherever people were, when they did get cotton they really liked it. Why is that? What is it about [...]

9 06, 2017

Chinese scroll project – Ancient China

By |2019-09-20T14:05:18-07:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts|2 Comments

Chinese scroll project made by kids at Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon Early Chinese writing Chinese people began to write about 1500 BC. People usually wrote vertically, from the top of the page to the bottom in columns. They read the text beginning from the right side of the page, the reverse of what we [...]

9 06, 2017

How to make a kite – Ancient China projects

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10-07:00June 9th, 2017|China, Crafts|0 Comments

Chinese painting of kite-flying The earliest kites were probably invented in China about 800 BC, during the Zhou Dynasty. People made these early kites out of bamboo and silk. Chinese people flew kites for fun, and also used kites in war to carry messages, to signal people far away, and to carry explosives into [...]

8 06, 2017

Spinning rope and fishing nets

By |2018-04-18T22:44:15-07:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|0 Comments

Spinning fishing nets: a Roman mosaic of a fishing net, Hippo Regius, Algeria (200s AD) Hand spinning All of the cloth used in the ancient world was made with thread produced by hand spinning very slowly. There are different methods: the spinning whorl can be at the top of the spindle or at the [...]

8 06, 2017

What is silk? Ancient Chinese clothing

By |2019-09-15T07:00:27-07:00June 8th, 2017|China|5 Comments

Silkworms and silk history Silkworms make silk People make silk from the cocoons of silkworms. Have you ever seen a butterfly cocoon? It is just like that. You have to take zillions of these cocoons and unwind them carefully, and that makes long threads like spider webs, and you spin these together to [...]

8 06, 2017

History of Knitting: Who invented knitting? Nalbinding and sprang

By |2018-01-15T14:20:43-07:00June 8th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, What|2 Comments

History of knitting: Nalbinding hat from Urumchi (ca. 1000 BC) Nalbinding and sprang Even before the invention of spinning and weaving, people were making cloth using early forms of knitting we call "nalbinding" or "sprang", which used one needle to hook together short lengths of yarn. Probably people started this early knitting as [...]

6 06, 2017

Women in early China: swimming to foot-binding

By |2018-05-07T14:31:34-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, People|0 Comments

Early Chinese women: A Chinese woman playing polo (T'ang Dynasty, 700s AD) China has always been influenced by the cultures to its south - India and Southeast Asia - where women have little power, status, or freedom. But China has also been influenced by the cultures to its north and west in Central [...]

6 06, 2017

Stone Age China – Early Chinese History

By |2019-02-27T07:20:16-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|0 Comments

Jade dragon-pig from New Stone Age China When did the first people come to China? Early people made it to China about 700,000 years ago. They were Homo Erectus, and maybe some Denisovans. One example is "Peking Man".They had dark skin and wide flat noses. These people lived in caves. They made fires [...]