Chinese-inspired (chinoiserie) arts were popular in the 17th-18th centuries as traders brought back exotic goods from the far east. In fashion and textiles, this is usually manifested through prints or construction. Here, it comes in the form of color. Yellow in traditional Chinese culture belonged to the ruling family alone and could not be used in any way by anyone belonging to a lower rank of society. The emperor was even known as Huangdi (“Yellow Emperor”). This knowledge led to a surge in popularity of the color in Europe.