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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/8

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 10: Cotton Piece Goods, Plain and Printed Item

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

    361 Cotton Goods Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume X
    362 Cotton Goods Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume X
    363 Cotton Goods Cotton Ventapollum; Madras Volume X
    364 Cotton Goods Cotton Ventapollum; Madras Volume X
    365 Cotton Goods Cotton Ventapollum; Madras Volume X
    366 Cotton Goods Cotton Ventapollum; Madras Volume X
    369 Piece Goods Cotton Print Masulipatam in Madras Volume X
    370 Chintzes Cotton Print Masulipatam in Madras Volume X
    371 Cotton Goods Cotton Print Madras Volume X
    372 Piece Goods MISSING Cotton Print MISSING Bellary; Madras Volume X
    373 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    374 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    375 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    376 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    377 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    378 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    379 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    380 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    381 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    382 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    383 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    384 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    385 Piece Goods Cotton Print Bellary; Madras Volume X
    386 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    387 Piece Goods Cotton Print Sydapat; Madras Volume X
    388 Piece Goods Cotton Print Masulipatam; Madras Volume X
    389 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    390 Piece Goods Cotton Print Masulipatam; Madras Volume X
    392 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    393 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    394 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    395 Piece Goods Cotton Print Ponnary; Madras Volume X
    396 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    397 Piece Goods Cotton Agra; Bengal Volume X
    398 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    399 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
    400 Piece Goods Cotton Print Arcot; Madras Volume X
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  • TFI/9

    The Textile Fabrics of India Volume 11: Cotton Piece Goods, Towellings, etc. Item

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

    401 Piece Goods Cotton Mylapore; Madras Volume XI
    402 Piece Goods Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    403 Piece Goods Cotton Tanjore; Madras Volume XI
    404 Piece Goods Cotton Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    405 Piece Goods Cotton check Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    406 Piece Goods Cotton check Pulicat; Madras Volume XI
    407 Piece Goods Cotton check Mylapore; Madras Volume XI
    408 Piece Goods Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    409 Piece Goods Cotton check Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    410 Piece Goods Cotton Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    411 Piece Goods Cotton check Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    412 Piece Goods Cotton check Pulicat; Madras Volume XI
    413 Piece Goods Cotton check Teroomaly; Madras Volume XI
    414 Piece Goods Cotton check Coonatoor; Madras Volume XI
    415 Piece Goods Cotton check Masulipatam; Madras Volume XI
    416 Piece Goods Cotton check Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    417 Piece Goods Cotton check Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    418 Piece Goods MISSING Cotton check MISSING Palamcottah; Madras Volume XI
    419 Table Napkins Cotton Unbleached Madras Volume XI
    420 Table Napkins Cotton Unbleached Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    421 Table Napkins Cotton Unbleached Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    422 Towels Cotton Unbleached Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    423 Towels Cotton Bleached Cuddalore; Madras Volume XI
    424 Table Napkins Cotton Unbleached Masulipatam; Madras Volume XI
    425 Towels Cotton Unbleached Chingleput; Madras Volume XI
    426 Table Napkins Cotton Bleached Masultipatam; Madras Volume XI
    427 Towels Cotton Unbleached Salem; Madras Volume XI
    428 Table Napkins Cotton Unbleached Broach; Bombay Volume XI
    429 Table Napkins Cotton Broach; Bombay Volume XI
    430 Table Napkins MISSING Cotton MISSING Goa; sent from Madras Volume XI
    435 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Mangalore; Madras Volume XI
    436 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Mangalore; Madras Volume XI
    437 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Palamcottah; Madras Volume XI
    438 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Palamcottah; Madras Volume XI
    439 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Agra; Bengal Volume XI
    440 Rugs Cotton "Suttringee" Agra; Bengal Volume XI
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