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Weaving Histories: The Transformation of the Handloom Industry in South India, 1800-1960

Karuna Dietrich Wielenga


Weaving Histories looks at the economic history of South Asia from a fresh perspective, through a detailed study of the handloom industry in colonial 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, spinning and weaving before the nineteenth century. The rupture and re-configuration of these connections produced a sea-change in the lives of ordinary weavers. Weaving Histories uncovers the impact t ... More

Keywords: Weaving, Handloom Weaver, Informal sector, Informality, Industrialisation, Economic development, Labour, Work, Caste, Yarn, Spinning, Cotton, Web of production, Textile, State policy, Trade unions, Repertoires of resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266731
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karuna Dietrich Wielenga, author
Azim Premhi University