ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Indian Textile Industry in 17th and 18th Centuries-Structure, Organisation and Responses

Centuries Structure, Organisation and Responses Kanakalatha Mukund In pre-industrial India textile production followed agriculture as the most productive sector, and by the early years of the 18th century it was virtually clothing the world. This paper is a study of indigenous techniques used in textile production. The structural and orgnisational features of the industry were intertwined with the technology in use, which also determined the responses of the system to the challenges of modern technology and factory production, independent of exogenous historical developments like the beginning of colonial rule. The details of techniques also contribute to an understanding of the totally different concepts and values regarding productivity and cost effectiveness in the indigenous system.

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