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Indian textiles were much sought after. They had fabulous designs which were, very importantly, die-fast so they could be washed without losing their amazing colours.

Over centuries a village-based hand loom industry had evolved in India. The three main production centres were Gujarat, Coromandel Coast and Bengal. They produced enormous quantities of different kinds of cloth or ‘piece goods’ as the Company called them.

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A cloth printer, using a hand-block, and a dyer, by a Kashmiri artist, c.1850-60 Ad.Or.1714

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carpet loom


A cloth merchant, seated in his shop, selling chintz to a customer, by a Tanjore artist, c.1800
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A pile-carpet loom at Hunsur, Mysore 1850
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