Calico-weaving manufacture and intraindustrial markets in Catalonia, 1796- 1807. A first approach

Authors

  • Josep M. Benaul i Berenguer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/rhi.v24i58.21256

Keywords:

Calico-Weaving Industry, Intraindustrial Markets, Small and Medium Firms, Catalonia

Abstract

Between 1780-1808, vertical integration (weaving, bleaching and printing) of the calicoprinted firms of Barcelona was replaced by a growing vertical specialization, which stemmed from independent small and medium enterprises spread throughout Catalonia. These businesses, which tended to integrate spinning – specially since the diffusion of the jenny – and weaving, operated in the markets of raw cotton and unbleached calicoes. The former was very competitive and the commodity was mainly paid in cash or on short-term credit. In the latter, manufacturers sold the unbleached calicoes to merchants or printing-manufacturers and they were paid on medium-term credit. According to our findings, in both the markets, cotton-weaving manufacturers were not constrained significantly by the market power of agents that acted at the same time as suppliers of raw cotton and buyers of grey calicoes.

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Published

2018-01-25

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