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The Hausa Textile Industry: Origins And Development In The Precolonial Period

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The development of textile manufacture in Hausaland reflects the economic and political trends that occurred in these territories from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. This chapter aims to identify the main characteristics of the Hausa textile industry, exploring its origins, development and main distinguishing economic features in the precolonial period. A focus on the history of cotton growing and textile manufacturing allows us to study the evolution of Hausa material culture from the perspective of the interrelationship between rural and urban areas. Finally, the chapter aims to contribute to the debate on the distinctive characteristics of what Adamu (1978) calls the Hausa factor, which can be primarily identified as the potential capacity to integrate foreigners into the Hausa network of trade and production and its system of recruiting and organising labour on a pluralistic ethnic basis.

Keywords: Hausa material culture; Hausa textile industry; precolonial period



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