Cloth and Community: The Local Trade in Resist-Dyed and Block-Printed Textiles in Kachchh District, Gujarat
Author: Edwards, Eiluned
Source: Textile History, Volume 38, Number 2, November 2007 , pp. 179-197(19)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The Khatris are an hereditary caste of dyers and block-printers in Kachchh district, Gujarat. This article reviews the traditional market for the Khatris' textiles, discussing in detail items made for specific client castes, chiefly the farmers and herders of Kachchh. It analyzes factors that have affected this traditional market in the post-colonial period, such as the wholesale industrialization of manufacture and changing patterns of agriculture. It goes on to identify the emergence of new, globalized markets and how the Khatris are developing new products in response to those markets.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-11-01