Borrowed and Blue

One idea I found particularly interesting from this weeks reading was the fact that the Chinese did not create the blue and white dish ware synonymous with porcelain China.  According to the reading, the Persians were the first to have blue and white dishes since they had access to a rich cobalt blue dye for their glaze.  At the time of the Mongol Empire, China and Persia interacted through trade and China started making blue and white dishes in order to appeal to their new Persian customers.  The dishes made at this time gained popularity and became the quintessential China porcelain we are still familiar with today.  The Chinese took the idea of blue and white dishes from the Persians but made the concept all their own, adopting the practice and becoming famous with the technique.  There are various instances today and throughout history of this same phenomenon where a country known for a product  took that product from another.  In a similar but not as dramatic example, think about the veiled woman of Spain and New Spain.  The idea of them wearing black mantles or tapadas, which represent the spirit and essence of Arab women was transformed by the Spanish, connoting two completely different messages and making the black covering a completely different role in Spanish society.