The Origin of the Paisley Pattern

The Origin of the Paisley Pattern

Jul 15 , 2022

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Imports from The East India Company via the ‘silk routes’ brought a new textile pattern to Europe from the 18th century and following the arrival o...

Aloe Vera for the Constipated West

Aloe Vera for the Constipated West

Jun 25 , 2022

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The East India Company, after trying unsuccessfully to snatch Bantang, Selang Bator and Pulo Run, all famed spice islands from the entrenched Portu...

The Piece Trade Saves The East India Company

The Piece Trade Saves The East India Company

Jun 22 , 2022

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The East India Company trade in the bewildering variety of textiles from India became collectively known as the ‘Piece Trade,’ and included familia...

Porcelain: From China to Europe

Porcelain: From China to Europe

Jun 15 , 2022

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The Chinese have been crafting porcelain for over 1000 years before The East India Company even arrived in China in 1637, when their east-west trad...

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Porcelain: From Chinoiserie to Brown Betty

Jun 15 , 2022

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The British and European appetite for beautifully designed porcelain had been well and truly whetted, with Chinese artisans enjoying great populari...

The Story of the French Press or Cafetiere

The Story of the French Press or Cafetiere

Jun 08 , 2022

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A little like the tea bag, what came to be known as the French Press was probably invented by accident. Legend has it that an unnamed Frenchmen was...

The Story of Hamper Gifting

The Story of Hamper Gifting

Jun 08 , 2022

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There is an undeniable frisson of excitement when opening a hamper, exploring the depths, and unearthing exciting foods that wouldn’t normally be o...

The Accord of a Scent

The Accord of a Scent

May 24 , 2022

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Just like a chord in music, where two or more notes form a new sound when played together, an accord in a fragrance is a blend of essences combine...

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