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Introduction to Textile tradition of India

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The present day textile tradition of India is not only the reflection of our rich past but also caters to the modern day requirements of the common man. Though some of the traditional textiles cater only to the needs of the upper crust of the society, there is a huge demand for utilitarian items such as bed covers, sheets, cushions, curtains, bags, table mats, furnishings etc. There is a glut of such items in the domestic market.


Indian textile and allied products are not only popular in India but also abroad.
The export of craft items associated with traditional textiles is on the rise. The export of hand printed (including batik, block printed, tie and dye etc) items touched a high of Rs 870.08 crores in 1997-98. Decorated textiles (embroidery, crochet and appliqu work) from India are also popular in foreign countries. The export of such products reached a peak at Rs 1030.89 crores in 1996-97.

The export of woolen shawls reached a peak of Rs 40.02 crores in 1997-98. Shawls from Kashmir and Himachal pradesh predominate this section. The export of zari and zari items reached a peak of Rs 91.34 crores in 1997-98. A variety of brocades from India are available to the foreign buyer.


The contemporary textile craft tradition of India is not only rural and traditional in ethos, but it is also capable of meeting the challenges of modern times. Along with earning valuable foreign exchange, this craft tradition has achieved the status of a highly organized small and medium-scale industry.

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