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Indian Textiles and the World Market

  • India was the world’s largest producer of cotton textiles; before the British conquered Bengal.

  • Indian textiles were well known for its fine quality and exquisite craftsmanship.

  • They were exported to South-east Asian countries like Java, Sumatra and Penang and West and Central Asia.

  • With the advent of the English East India Company, European trading companies began buying Indian textiles for sale in Europe.

The craftsmanship of Indian weavers is preserved in many words. These words which are still in use today weave a wonder story about the history of Indian textiles.



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