- Jul 2012
How can linen and wool produced in the UK, in the '17th century' or whenever, have been more expensive than imported hand made cotton fabrics from India? It doesn't make sense. Wool and linen were huge industries in the UK, even before industrialisation. Importing cotton fabric, of 'extraordinary quality and exquisite beauty' , was a costly endeavour.
But it was not only in the field of high qulity cloth that Bengal had a predominant position; it was also the main Production centre of ordinary and medium quality textiles. Long before the advent of the Europeans, the Asian merchants from different parts of the continent and Indian merchants from various regions of the country derived a lucrative trade in Bengal textiles.