chapter  2
Far-flung fabrics - Indian textiles in ancient maritime trade
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It is appropriate to start with an explanation for the title of this paper. In recent years there has been an increase in the corpus of dated Indian textiles either found in archaeological excavations or in museum collections, which have been subjected to radiocarbon investigation. These come from archaeological sites within the Indian subcontinent, as also from recently excavated sites such as Berenike along the Indian Ocean rim. These specimens are still few and far between and come from spatially and temporally different contexts, but they relate to the wider world of Indian Ocean trade networks.