The author would like to thank Professor Osamu Saito for his guidance on analytical perspectives of the regional industrialisation in Meiji Japan and Professor Kanji Tamagawa for technical advice on textile engineering and references about spinning mechanisms.
ANOTHER SPINNING INNOVATION: THE CASE OF THE RATTLING SPINDLE, GARABŌ, IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JAPANESE SPINNING INDUSTRY
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Author. Australian Economic History Review© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand
Australian Economic History Review
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 22–45, March 2011
How to Cite
Choi, E. K. (2011), ANOTHER SPINNING INNOVATION: THE CASE OF THE RATTLING SPINDLE, GARABŌ, IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JAPANESE SPINNING INDUSTRY. Australian Economic History Review, 51: 22–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2011.00323.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
- cotton spinning;
- late industrialisation;
- Meiji Japan;
- technological change;
- regional economics
Through the importation of the state-of-the-art British spinning technology of the late nineteenth century, a new cotton spinning sector began to emerge in Meiji Japan during the 1870s and 1880s. This hectic technology transfer was accompanied by a remarkable domestic technological breakthrough that enabled the local spinners to significantly increase productivity to meet the unprecedented pace of the soaring market demand. This paper examines a relatively neglected case of the rattling spindle, Garabō, which was a product of Japanese native industrial endowments in parallel with the development of the British-style mills.