Silks and Religion in Eurasia Essay

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Silk trade in Eurasia has transformed threw the past centuries mainly because, of cultural and religious differences. Between the textiles, colors, different styles, and embroidery techniques the silk market was consistently changing and innovating. Many different people through out history have had the honor to wear this delicate and valuable fabric such as: priest, emperors, elite officials, and even some merchants. The creation of the unique embroidery design “tiraz” changed the way different historians distinguished what era, ruler, and even what religion the owner of the silk lived during. Color style has disgusted different types of people and their ranking position in society. Similarly, the book’s chapter “Transforming the…show more content…
“Only a small amount of silk yarn was needed to produce the decorated textiles with appropriate religious and political messages” (“Transforming the Eurasian Silk Market” 99). There are many different ways publications can explain the tiraz mainly because, historians are frequently leaning new things and finding new artifacts that may open up discovery to something new. In continuation, the pigment of the silk was a big distinction where you rank in the social society. People knew where you ranked in society based on the color of your silks and, they found other information by looking at your artistic embroidery. Primarily, in both publications purple and yellow were the main colors that emperors and higher officials wore. “Purple ranked in prestige just behind yellow; purple robes were for the highest three levels of officials in the Tang court” (“Silks and Religions in Eurasia” 29). The other lower levels in society wore other colors not as prestigious as the purple and yellow. As Confucianism came to rise both publication speak of the criticized purple color. “Confucius had considered red the purest and most virtuous color and had condemned purple for its impurity since it was not a primary color, and for its pretension to redness” (“Transforming the Eurasian Silk Market“ 88). Likewise, the other publication also agrees with this fact that purple was impure, “This practice deviated significantly from traditional
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