Le mercredi 11 novembre 2015, à l’occasion du colloque Textile Trade and Distribution 2 : From the Ancient Near East to the Mediterranéen (1000 BC-400 AD) , qui se tient à Kassel du 11 au 14 novembre 2015, Laetitia Graslin-Thomé présentera une communication intitulée : « Imported textiles and dyes in first millennium Babylonia and the emergence of new consumptions needs ».
Neo-babylonian texts often deal with textiles and dyes: both currently appear in administrative texts issued by the temples. Some were locally produced, others were imported. Numerous administrative texts preserved in clay tablets help to understand the way textiles or intermediate products were imported in Babylonia, for what purpose, by which kind of people, how they were traded or distributed. This paper will focus on imported and rare fibers. We will show the shift in consumption revealed in the texts, as well as the introduction of new products, like cotton. We will also try to see how economic models can help to understand this change in consumption, especially how they can explain why people make themselves dependent of some kind of products they have to import from abroad, even if they have similar commodities at home.