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Cultivation of Naturally Coloured Cotton in India in the 19th Century


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The demand for naturally-coloured cotton went high and had its preference over artificially coloured cotton in the 19th century India. This is due to artificially coloured cotton’s allergic effects on the skin, the effect of artificial dyes on the health of the workers, and the chemical dye factories’ role in the pollution of environment. The disadvantage of naturally-coloured cotton is that it has a limited number of shades – brown, green, red, yellow etc. Sometimes its colour fade in the sunlight, whereas artificial dyes give an unimaginable range of shades of different colours.
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  • The term khāki is derived from the Arabic world 'khak' meaning dust.
  • L. Liotard, 'Note on Nankin Cotton in India', (Simla, 1883)
  • Ibid, pp. 1-2.
  • Extract from a letter from Major Trevor Clareke to H. Rivett-Camac, 7 May 1870, Revenue Dept: Govt of Bombay, Vol. 10, 1870.
  • Lieut. Colonel R.F. Angelo to the Assistant Adjutant General, Allahabad Division, 15- 7-1882, Revenue Department: Govt. of Bombay, Vol. 68, 1883.
  • Note by Maj. Gen. H.T. Macpherson, Commanding Allahabad Division, 18-7-1882, Revenue Dept: Govt. of Bombay, Vol 6S-, 1883.
  • Liotard, op. cit: pp 2-5.
  • Ibid, p. 10; see also Circular No. 29, F.S. Govt. of India to Govt. of Bombay, Dept. of Revenue and Agriculture, 1-5-1883, Revenue Dept: Govt. of Bombay, Vol. 68, 1883.
  • Liotard, op. cit: pp 7-9.
  • Director of Agriculture, Bombay to Govt. of Bombay, 6-7-1885 Revenue Dept: Govt. of Bombay, Vol. 76, 1885.
  • Govt. of India, Dept. of Revenue and Agriculture to Govt. of Bombay, 3-9-1887, Revenue Dept: Govt. of Bombay, Vol. 75, 1887.

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Rekha Ranade
Univereity of Pune, Department of History, Pune 411 007, Maharashtra, India

Abstract


The demand for naturally-coloured cotton went high and had its preference over artificially coloured cotton in the 19th century India. This is due to artificially coloured cotton’s allergic effects on the skin, the effect of artificial dyes on the health of the workers, and the chemical dye factories’ role in the pollution of environment. The disadvantage of naturally-coloured cotton is that it has a limited number of shades – brown, green, red, yellow etc. Sometimes its colour fade in the sunlight, whereas artificial dyes give an unimaginable range of shades of different colours.

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