Royal Textile Factories in Qing China

Management System and Technique in Royal Textile Factories in Qing China

Qiong Zhang

Cooperation Partners: 

The Palace Museum Beijing


“Jing”(warp) in Geng Zhi Tu(Illustrated Farming and Weaving, 1712)

Following the Ming dynasty, the Qing emperors established three Royal Textile factories in Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing. The management system and modes of operation in the textile factories underwent several changes in the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. This project examined these changes, analyzing their causes and their impact on technologies and products.