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Textiles and Fabrics of India

Introduction

Textiles and Fabrics of India is an attempt to showcase and celebrate the long and diverse tradition of Textiles in India. The history of this craft goes back to the ancient period. This section highlights and honours the craftsmanship of the Indian handloom workers, embroiderers, block printers, painters and others who have immensely contributed to build a distinct textile industry for India.

HISTORY

TRADE

TYPE OF TEXTILE

TEXTILES AND FABRICS OF INDIAN STATES

MANUFACTURING PROCESS

ARTISANS

TEXTILES AS ARTEFACTS

TEXTILES FROM MUSEUMS

GLOSSARY

Freedom Movement and Textiles

TEXTILE TALES

Textiles and Fabrics of India

HISTORY

Textiles have a very long history in India going back to the ancient period. Through timelines and essays, get to know the interesting events in the history of textiles and fabrics in India.
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TRADE

This section takes a deep dive into the textile trade and exchange which took place during different periods of Indian History i.e. Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary. Find out essays that discuss Indian textile production and trade with different regions of the world throughout history.
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TYPES

In this section, a range of textiles is presented, credited to ancient techniques and specific to each region of India. Get to know different types of woven, dyed, printed, painted and embroidered textiles of India.
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TEXTILES AND FABRICS OF INDIAN STATES

In this section, navigate through a map to find diverse textiles of all the Indian states. Also, find rare images and videos of Indian textiles and fabrics here.

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MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Ever wondered how weaving is done on handlooms or how is a fabric printed and dyed? Find out the manufacturing techniques of different kinds of textiles in this section through interesting videos.

ARTISANS

This section highlights the skills of the artisans and their families that have been associated with the production and decoration of textiles and fabrics in the different regions of India. It talks about their history, heritage, and stories of their craft.

TEXTILES AS ARTEFACTS

In this section, witness rare belongings of Kings, Queens, Nobles and other important personalities. Find out their costumes, wall hangings, coverlets and much more.
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TEXTILES FROM MUSEUMS

In this section, find rare images of Indian textiles and fabrics which are displayed in Indian Museums, from different periods in Indian history.

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GLOSSARY

Familiarise yourself with complex textile terminologies in this section to become an expert!
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Freedom Movement and Textiles

In this section, explore how textiles and fabrics had become symbols of resistance against the British during the Freedom movement in India.

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TEXTILE TALES

This section brings to you stories associated with the textile craft in India, the techniques, the people and the communities. Watch and experience these stories to deeply connect with the textile tradition of India.

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