WEBINAR – EUI Economic History February 18th, 2022.


The Role of Silk and Cotton Stockings in the Evolution of Preindustrial Europe Manufacture

Especial session of the EUI Economic History and Ideas Working Group with Céline Mutos-Xicola (Universitat de Girona) and Mario Grassi (Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici of San Marino).

After outlining the controversial history of the stocking machine, we will look at its diffusion in the 17th century and the results of this important technological breakthrough in the 18th century. In the second half of the century the emergence of cotton on the global economic horizon stimulated the invective of craftsmen and shopkeepers.

Through the fascinating history of the stocking loom we will be able to reconstruct from a privileged point of view the complex dynamics inherent in the diffusion and fortune of one of the most advanced textile machines of the early modern age. This raises wide margins for discussion, including the supply of raw materials, the distribution of labour, the role of women, migration and the stages of production and sale.

Please contact Cosimo Pantaleoni and/or Brecht Rogissart for details.



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