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Textile Fabrics of India Archive
In 1866 the Secretary of State for India presented to Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution a set of 18 volumes containing 700 working samples of cotton, silk and woollen textiles obtained from different parts of India. A total of twenty sets of these fabrics were prepared, at considerable cost, with the purpose of exhibiting to English merchants and manufacturers interested in the Indian trade specimens of all the important textile materials used by the people of India. Thirteen of these sets were to be deposited at selected institutions in England and seven in India. The selection of Huddersfield as a place of deposit reflects its importance as a textile town and the importance of the Mechanics' Institution as a centre of learning.

The complete set of volumes of Textile Fabrics of India has not survived. The volumes which remain have been deposited in the University's Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid publication written by the original curator as a guide to the fabrics contained in the volumes is also available with the collection. J. Forbes Watson, The Textile Manufactures and the Costumes of the People of India (Varanasi: Indological Book House, 1982).

This collection of fabrics from India contains Men's Garments (from Madras, Canara, Bombay, Sind, Punjab). Boy's Garments (from Canara), Women's Garments (from Madras, Canara, Dharwar, Calcutta, Pegu, Nepal) , Girl's Garments from (Madras), Muslins (from Bengal, Patna, Calcutta, Deccan), Cotton and Silk (from Bengal, Rajpootana States, Benares, Bombay), Piece Goods (from Benares, Bombay, Punjab), Chintzes (from Madras), Table Napkins (from Madras and Bombay), Towels (from Madras), Rugs (from Madras and Bengal), Handkerchiefs (from Madras), Long Cloth (from Madras).
  • TFI/1

    The Textile Manufactures and the Costumes of the People of India Item

    1982
    A companion publication to the set of sample books, explaining their origins, the process of creation and distribution and a description and technical explanation of each of the samples in the 20 volumes of the original set. Also include photographs of Indian people wearing traditional costumes featuring the fabrics. This volume includes a colour copy of the original letter from Forbes Watson to the Mechanics Institution in 1865 arranging delivery of the set, and a set of rules for consultation established by the Board of Governors.
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  • TFI/10

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 12: Silk and Cotton Piece Goods Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring silks and cotton designs. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    449 Piece Goods Cotton and Silk Syempettah; Madras Volume XII
    450 Piece Goods Cotton and Silk Syempettah; Madras Volume XII
    451 Piece Goods Cotton and Silk Trichinopoly; Madras Volume XII
    452 Piece Goods Cotton and Silk Trichinopoly; Madras Volume XII
    453 Piece Goods Cotton and Silk Coonatoor; Madras Volume XII
    454 Piece Goods Cotton Check Masulipatam; Madras Volume XII
    455 Piece Goods Cotton Twill Cuddalore; Madras Volume XII
    456 Piece Goods Cotton Twill Cuddalore; Madras Volume XII
    457 Plain Pocket Handkerchiefs Cotton Nellore; Madras Volume XII
    458 Cotton Cotton Nellore; Madras Volume XII
    459 Cotton Chunderkhana Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume XII
    460 Cotton Plain Muslin Hyderabad; Deccan Volume XII
    461 Cotton Cotton Cundapoora in Canara Volume XII
    462 Cotton Cotton Masulipatam; Madras Volume XII
    463 Long Cloth Cotton (fine) Rajahmundry; Madras Volume XII
    464 Long Cloth Calico Nellore; Madras Volume XII
    465 Long Cloth Cotton (coarse) Vizagapatam; Madras Volume XII
    466 Long Cloth Calico Nellore; Madras Volume XII
    467 Long Cloth Calico Vizagapatam; Madras Volume XII
    468 Piece Goods Cotton canvas (bleached) Nellore; Madras Volume XII
    469 Cotton Cotton (unbleached) Madras Volume XII
    470 Cotton Cotton (unbleached) Vizagapatam; Madras Volume XII
    471A Cotton Tent cloth Jubbulpore Volume XII
    471 Cotton Dungary cloth, unbleached Salem; Madras Volume XII
    472 Cotton Country Canvas unbleached Rajahmundry; Madras Volume XII
    473 Cotton Dungary cloth, unbleached Salem; Madras Volume XII
    474 Cotton Dungary cloth, unbleached Salem; Madras Volume XII
    478 Chintzes (Unglazed) Cotton Masulipatam; Madras Volume XII
    479 Cotton Cotton Kurnool; Madras Volume XII
    480 Cotton Cotton Kurnool; Madras Volume XII
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  • TFI/11

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 14: Silk Piece Goods Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring silks piece goods. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    522 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore; Punjab Loose/Unbound
    525 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore Loose/Unbound
    527 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore Loose/Unbound
    528 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore Loose/Unbound
    529 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore Loose/Unbound
    530 Silk Piece Goods Silk Lahore Loose/Unbound
    535 Silk Piece Goods Silk Bhawulpore; Punjab Loose/Unbound
    537 Silk Piece Goods Silk Bhawulpore; Punjab Loose/Unbound
    539 Silk Piece Goods Silk Agra; Bengal Loose/Unbound
    546 Silk Piece Goods Silk Pegu; Burmah Loose in Vol X (missing from box)
    548 Handkerchiefs Silk Surat; Bombay Loose/Unbound
    549 Handkerchiefs Silk Surat; Bombay Loose/Unbound
    551 Handkerchiefs Silk Surat; Bombay Loose/Unbound
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  • TFI/12

    Supplementary Materials Item

    20th-21st century
    Copies of some of the articles mentioned in the Related Material in hard copy format.
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  • TFI/2

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 2: Garment Pieces for Men Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring pieces for men's garments. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    47 Man's Garment Cotton Nagang; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    48 Boy's Garment Cotton Congeveram; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    49 Man's Garment Cotton Woozzoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    50 Man's Garment Cotton Nellore; Madras Loose/unbound
    51 Man's Garment Muslin Arnee; Madras Loose/unbound
    52 Man's Garment Cotton, coarse muslin Nagang; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    54 Man's Garment Cotton Congeveram; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    55 Man's Garment Cotton Congeveram; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    58 Man's Garment Cotton, badly dyed Masulipatam in Madras Loose/unbound
    59 Man's Garment Cotton Mylapore; Madras Loose/unbound
    60 Man's Garment Cotton Karikal; Madras Loose/unbound
    61 Man's Garment Cotton with Silk check Mylapore; Madras Loose/unbound
    62 Man's Garment Cotton Coonathoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    63 Man's Garment Cotton Coonathoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    64 Man's Garment Cotton Karikal; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    65 Man's Garment Cotton Pulicat; Madras Loose/unbound
    66 Man's Garment Cotton Mylapore; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    67 Man's Garment Cotton Pulicat; bought in Madras Loose/unbound
    68 Man's Garment Cotton Pulicat; Madras Loose/unbound
    69 Man's Garment Cotton Mylapore; Madras Loose/unbound
    70 Man's Garment Cotton Mylapore or St Thomas; Madras Loose/unbound
    71 Man's Garment Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    72 Man's Garment Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    73 Man's Garment Cotton Coonathoor; Madras Loose/unbound
    74 Man's Garment Cotton Kurnool; Madras Loose/unbound
    75 Man's Garment Cotton Gangam; Madras Loose/unbound
    76 Man's Garment Cotton Cundapoora in Canara Loose/unbound
    77 Man's Garment Cotton Vencatagorry; Madras Loose/unbound
    78 Man's Garment Cotton Mangalore in Canara Loose/unbound
    79 Boy's Garment Cotton Biekul in Canara Loose/unbound
    80 Man's Garment Cotton Coimbatore; Madras Loose/unbound
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    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 3: Garment Pieces for Men Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring pieces for men's garments. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    107 Man's Garment Cotton with Silk Surat; Bombay Loose/unbound
    109 Man's Garment Cotton Surat; Bombay Loose/unbound
    110 Man's Garment Cotton Surat; Bombay Loose/unbound
    111 Man's Garment Cotton Nurrapore; Sind Loose/unbound
    113 Man's Garment Cotton Shikarpore; Sind Loose/unbound
    117 Man's Garment Cotton Loodiana; Punjab Loose/unbound
    120 Man's Garment Cotton Shikarpore; Sind Loose/unbound
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    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 5: Garment Pieces for Women Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring pieces for women's garments. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    163 Women's Garment Cotton and Silk Madras Volume V
    165 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Madras Volume V
    166 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Sydapat; Madras Volume V
    167 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Madras Volume V
    168 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Gangam; Madras Volume V
    169 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Mylapore; bought in Madras Bazaar Volume V
    170 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Cuddalore; bought in Madras Bazaar Volume V
    171 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Mylapore; bought in Madras Bazaar Volume V
    172 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Trichinopoly; bought in Madras Bazaar Volume V
    173 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Condapore in Canara Volume V
    174 Women's Garment Silk Tanjore; Madras Volume V
    175 Women's Garment Silk Combaconum; Madras Volume V
    176 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Madras Volume V
    177 Women's Garment Cotton Ventapollam; bought in Madras Volume V
    178 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Combaconum; bought in Madras Volume V
    179 Women's Garment Cotton with Silk Cuddalore; bought in Madras Volume V
    180 Women's Garment Cotton Coimbatore; Madras Volume V
    181 Women's Garment Cotton Pondicherry; bought in Madras Volume V
    182 Women's Garment Cotton Arnee; Madras Volume V
    183 Women's Garment Cotton Sydapat; bought in Madras Volume V
    184 Women's Garment Cotton Ventapollum; bought in Madras Volume V
    185 Women's Garment Cotton Poree Arnee; bought in Madras Volume V
    186 Girl's Garment Cotton Congeveram; bought in Madras Volume V
    187 Women's Garment Cotton Bellary; bought in Madras Volume V
    188 Women's Garment Cotton Ooppady; bought in Madras Volume V
    189 Women's Garment Cotton Gangam; bought in Madras Volume V
    190 Women's Garment Cotton Arnee; bought in Madras Volume V
    191 Women's Garment Cotton Ventapollum; bought in Madras Volume V
    192 Women's Garment Muslin Gangam; bought in Madras Volume V
    193 Women's Garment Cotton Coimbatore; bought in Madras Volume V
    194 Women's Garment Cotton Bekul in Canara; Madras Volume V
    195 Women's Garment Cotton Congeveram; bought in Madras Volume V
    196 Women's Garment Cotton Arcot; bought in Madras Volume V
    197 Women's Garment Muslin Madras Volume V
    198 Women's Garment Cotton Cuddapah; bought in Madras Volume V
    199 Women's Garment Cotton Poonary; bought in Madras Volume V
    200 Women's Garment Cotton Poonary; bought in Madras Volume V
    212 Woman's Garment Silk Belgaum, 42 miles N.W from Dharwar Loose in Vol V
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  • TFI/5

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 6: Garment Pieces for Women Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring pieces for female garments. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    211 Woman's Garment Cotton with Silk Belgaum, 42 miles N.W from Dharwar Loose/unbound
    212 Woman's Garment Silk Belgaum, 42 miles N.W from Dharwar Loose in Vol V
    217 Woman's Garment Cotton with Silk Belgaum, 42 miles N.W from Dharwar Loose/unbound
    220 Woman's Garment Cotton Gya, 289 miles N.W from Calcutta Loose/unbound
    222 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    223 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    224 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    225 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    226 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    227 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    228 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    229 Woman's Garment Cotton Calcutta Loose/unbound
    230 Woman's Garment Cotton Pegu Loose/unbound
    231 Woman's Garment Cotton Pegu Loose/unbound
    232 Woman's Garment Cotton Pegu Loose/unbound
    238 Woman's Garment Cotton Kathamandoo, Nepal Loose/unbound
    240 Woman's Garment Cotton Kathamandoo, Nepal Loose/unbound
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  • TFI/6

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 8: Muslins, Calicoes and Other Pieces Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring muslins and calicoes. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    281 Muslins Unbleached Muslin Nagpore; Bengal Volume VIII
    282 Muslins Unbleached Muslin Nagpore; Bengal Volume VIII
    283 Muslins Striped Muslin Chundaree; Bengal Volume VIII
    284 Muslins Plain Muslin Chundaree; Bengal Volume VIII
    285 Muslins Checked Muslin Chundaree; Bengal Volume VIII
    286 Muslins Muslin Shahabad; Patna Volume VIII
    287 Muslins Muslin Calcutta Volume VIII
    288 Muslins Muslin Calcutta Volume VIII
    289 Muslins Muslin Santipore; Calcutta Volume VIII
    290 Muslins Muslin Santipore; Calcutta Volume VIII
    291 Muslins Muslin Santipore; Calcutta Volume VIII
    294 Cotton and Silk Silk and Cotton Dacca; Bengal Volume VIII
    297 Cotton Gurrah Cloth Agra; [written in pen; N.W Provinces] Bengal Volume VIII
    298 Cotton Guzzy Cloth Agra; [written in pen; N.W Provinces] Bengal Volume VIII
    299 Cotton Gurrah Cloth Patna; Bengal Volume VIII
    300 Cotton Gurrah Cloth Agra; [written in pen; N.W Provinces] Bengal Volume VIII
    301 Cotton Dhootee Cloth Bhurtpore; Rajpootana States Volume VIII
    302 Cotton Coarse brown Calico Benares Volume VIII
    303 Cotton Gurrah Cloth Benares Volume VIII
    304 Cotton Coarse Calico Benares Volume VIII
    305 Cotton Coarse Cotton Benares Volume VIII
    306 Cotton Gurrah Cloth Benares Volume VIII
    307 Cotton Cotton Sail Cloth Cutch; Bombay Volume VIII
    308 Piece Goods Cotton check Benares Volume VIII
    309 Piece Goods Cotton Benares Volume VIII
    310 Piece Goods Cotton Print Futtygurh; N.W Provinces Volume VIII
    311 Piece Goods Cotton Print Futtygurh Volume VIII
    312 Piece Goods Cotton Print Futtygurh Volume VIII
    313 Piece Goods Cotton Broach; Bombay Volume VIII
    314 Piece Goods Cotton Broach; Bombay Volume VIII
    315 Piece Goods Peshgeer Shikarpore; Sind Volume VIII
    316 Piece Goods Cotton check Loodiana; Punjab Volume VIII
    317 Piece Goods Cotton check Loodiana; Punjab Volume VIII
    318 Piece Goods Cotton check Loodiana; Punjab Volume VIII
    319 Piece Goods Cotton Print Futtygurh; N.W Provinces Volume VIII
    320 Piece Goods MISSING Cotton Cloth MISSING Beejapoor; Sattara Volume VIII
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  • TFI/7

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 9: Muslins, Silks and Other Cotton Pieces Item

    1866
    Sample book of cotton fabrics featuring muslins, silks and other cotton designs. Includes description of fabric, where it was made and its purpose, detailed below:

    321 Muslins Plain Muslin Cuddapah; Madras Volume IX
    322 Muslins Plain Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    323 Muslins Striped Muslin Hyderabad; Deccan Volume IX
    324 Muslins Striped Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    325 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    328 Muslins Checked Muslin Nellore; Madras Volume IX
    329 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    331 Muslins Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    332 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    333 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    334 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    335 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    336 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    337 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    338 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    339 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    340 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    341 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    342 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    343 Muslins Striped Muslin Nellore; Madras Volume IX
    344 Muslins Printed Muslin Tri321 Muslins Plain Muslin Cuddapah; Madras Volume IX
    322 Muslins Plain Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    323 Muslins Striped Muslin Hyderabad; Deccan Volume IX
    324 Muslins Striped Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    325 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    328 Muslins Checked Muslin Nellore; Madras Volume IX
    329 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    331 Muslins Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    332 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    333 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    334 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    335 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    336 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    337 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    338 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    339 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    340 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    341 Muslins Checked Muslin Arnee; Madras Volume IX
    342 Muslins Checked Muslin Chicacole; Madras Volume IX
    343 Muslins Striped Muslin Nellore; Madras Volume IX
    344 Muslins Printed Muslin Trichinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    345 Muslins Printed Muslin Trichinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    346 Muslins Printed Muslin Trichinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    347 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    348 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    349 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    350 Muslins Printed Muslin Cuddapah; Madras Volume IX
    354 Silks Silk Tanjore; Madras Volume IX
    357 Cotton Dyed Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume IX
    358 Silk and Cotton Silk and Cotton Tanjore; Madras Volume IX
    chinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    345 Muslins Printed Muslin Trichinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    346 Muslins Printed Muslin Trichinopoly; Madras Volume IX
    347 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    348 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    349 Muslins Printed Muslin Madras Volume IX
    350 Muslins Printed Muslin Cuddapah; Madras Volume IX
    354 Silks Silk Tanjore; Madras Volume IX
    357 Cotton Dyed Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume IX
    358 Silk and Cotton Silk and Cotton Tanjore; Madras Volume IX
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