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The Textile Industry And The Economy Of South India, 1500–1800

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Between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, India's textile industry made it one of the key centres of the then-emerging world economy. For most of the early modern period, southern India lay outside the boundaries of the Mughal Empire. This makes its experience somewhat atypical of the rest of India - but, in several respects, perhaps usefully so. The shift towards new coastal settlements and forms of organization also raised other issues. One concerned means of expanding production in an industry which was, if anything, becoming more caste-bound and rigid. Weavers had long worked simultaneously for money and for the gods and, at least in form, continued initially to do so - their 'donations' to temples indicating their cultural orientations. With the rise of the British Industrial Revolution, longstanding overseas markets were lost.

Keywords: coastal settlements; Mughal Empire; southern India; textile industry; weavers



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