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Discovering Cotton 2/10: When Cotton Was Banned

The English East India Company imported on average around 15 million yards of Indian cotton cloth a year between 1670 and 1760. Indian cottons were sought after by European consumers because of their desirable properties. They were the first textiles whose colour could resist washing and did not fade with light. Indian cottons were also much cheaper than silks and woollens. Though not as long-lasting as woollens, cottons’ short durability was compensated by the fact that they were seen as extremely fashionable.  Their motifs and design were perceived as exotic in the same way in which Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer, chinoiserie, and other Asian goods were.  The inroads of Indian cotton textiles into the consuming habits of Europeans also generated...

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Discovering Cotton 1/10

  What’s happening at The Registry of Sarees this June? We’ve been trying to understand as much about cotton as is possible and we’d like to share it with you.  South India is believed to be inherently a cotton growing and wearing economy and culture. This is of course before Silkworm was brought to us and the cultivation of the “Cotton Tree” ( Gossypium Arboreum) gave way to the Mulberry plant that literally feeds the silk industry. India is now the second largest cotton producer in the world – but the variety of cotton available commonly in the market is not the cotton of our ancestors. A genetically modified strain of cotton, Bt Cotton delivers a faster crop. Aside from...

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The Registry of Sarees Champion of Handcraft

For every specially crafted collection we bring to you, lies a special person ,who’s passion for handloom and handcraft in India personifies our vision – to celebrate beauty in handskill everyday. Danseuse, theatre personality and fine jewellery designer, Deepti Sudhindra who is an avid supoorter of the handloom saree shares a peek into the many facets of her life.  Deepti Sudhindra has the arresting gaze and fluidity of movement that is the signature of a life touched by dance. An everyday saree diva she prefers simple cottons that are draped in the manner that instantly lets you know that she is no stranger to culture in it’s most refined context.  From a family that has always embraced music and art...

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