Saturday, 8 October 2011

Ptolemaic Control of the Textile Industry

The Ptolemies supervised and contributed to the Egyptian textile industry.

Documents show that the government limited the area to be cultivated for linen and forced farmers to sell part of their crop at a specific price.

The government spared no effort to spread the textile industry in all governorates. Each governorate was required to give the government a percentage of the fabric and clothes it produced. This percentage was based on the production of working looms in the governorate.

If the percentage was not paid, the government forced a tax on the weavers, which was probably a licensing tax.

Since the government did not buy all the linen and did not seize the products by force, this shows that it did not totally monopolize the industry, as it did with oils .

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