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Carpet weavers in Karachi Jail

Carpet weavers in Karachi Jail

Photographer: Michie and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/52(4906)

Item number: 4906

Length: 18.1

Width: 26.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of carpet weavers in Karachi Jail in Sindh, Pakistan, taken by Michie and Company in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This image of a line of carpet weavers seated at their looms in a shed was shown at the Vienna Exhibition of that year. In the 19th century a number of schemes for a carpet industry was developed in government jails in India partly in order to train convicts in a skill but also to provide a cheaper market for traditional patterns.

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