Weaving histories : the transformation of the handloom industry in South India, 1800-1960

Wielenga, Karuna Dietrich (2020) Weaving histories : the transformation of the handloom industry in South India, 1800-1960. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780197266731

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Weaving Histories looks at the economic history of South Asia from a fresh perspective, through a detailed study of the handloom industry of South India between 1800 and 1960, drawing out its wider implications for the Indian economy. It employs an unusual array of sources, including paintings and textile samples as well as archival records, to excavate the links between cotton growing, cleaning, spinning and weaving before the nineteenth century. The rupture and re-configuration of these links produced a sea-change in the lives of ordinary weavers. Weaving Histories examines the configuration of forceslocal, regional, national and globalthat drove this transformation, and uncovers its effects on different groups of weavers. The handloom industry is used as a case study to throw light on the historical emergence of the 'informal sector' in India, and to re-examine contemporary debates about industrialisation and economic development.

Item Type: Book
Authors: Wielenga, Karuna Dietrich
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weaving, South India
Subjects: Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/2464
Publisher URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/weaving-hi...

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