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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/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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