The Mumianpu 木棉譜 "About cotton cultivation" is a short agricultural treatise written by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Chu Hua 褚華, courtesy name Chu Wenzhou 褚文洲 or Chu Qiu'e 褚秋萼. His dates of life are unclear, but it is known that he lived during the Qianlong reign 乾隆 (1736-1795) and came from Shanghai. The book quotes from older texts providing information on the cultivation of cotton trees. It describes the cultivation of the plant, the harvesting of cotton and all aspects of processing of the material, from yarning to dyeing. The book is an important source for the cotton industry in the region of Shanghai in the mid-Qing period. It is included in the collectanea Yihai zhuchen 藝海珠塵, Zhaodai congshu 昭代叢書, Nongxue congshu 農學叢書 and Congshu jicheng 叢書集成.
Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1651. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.