Mar 24, 2014

Weaving and Spinning

Weaving and Spinning

c. 1860

Kehar Singh


Gum tempera and ink on paper

Overall: 23.7 x 19 cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Ward 1987.162



Hand-spun and woven cotton cloth was probably the most important commodity exported from India during the 1700s and 1800s. The British East India Company expanded to manage the business of textile production and international sale. The
humble conditions under which Indian weavers and spinners worked are depicted here, where simple looms are made from crude branches, and the craftsmen work on the ground. The inscriptions at the top of the page indicate the artist’s name and the workers’ occupations.

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