Introduction to Textile Tradition of India
The textile tradition in India has been conditioned by a number of factors, like geography, climate, local culture, social customs, availability of raw material etc. A variety of raw material like silk, cotton, wool, jute etc is used in India for creating fabric. The geo-climatic and bio diversity of India has given birth to a myriad of textiles and weaving throughout India. Local, foreign markets and export potential dictate the traditional textile scenario of today.
The hilly and alpine region of the country has a rich array of woolen textiles. The world famous pashmina and shahtoosh shawls of Kashmir are fine examples of the woolen textile of our country, so are the shawls and garments from Himachal Pradesh and the North Eastern states. Shawls from these regions are also popular abroad. The textiles from the arid and semi arid regions are bright and have rich embroidery on them. The people in the coastal areas of the south and eastern regions prefer garments made of white fabrics. Cotton and silk textiles are popular in these areas. Utilitarian items such as cushions, bed sheets, covers, table mats, napkins, curtains etc are produced throughout the country. Each state has its own unique contribution in making these utilitarian items.
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