Modern Silk Road Exhibit

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By the 1880s, Paterson, New Jersey, was the center of the global silk trade. Known as “The Silk City,” Paterson became the final stop for a trade route that had transported goods and ideas across three continents. The Modern Silk Road Virtual Exhibit, funded by the National Endowments for the Arts and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, explores the 2,200-year journey that brought the silk trade to Paterson and how the fabric shaped Paterson’s economy, culture, and population.

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    • Movement of animals (horses, camels, domestic livestock)
    • Movement of people (traders and merchandises, slaves, refugees, armies)
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