INDIAN TRADE TEXTILES: HISTORICAL EXTRACTS
"Some of the earliest examples of Indian trade textiles, from the Dead Sea area and Egypt, have been dated to the ninth and tenth centuries..."
"The most convincing proof of the extreme exchange between nations is surely to be found in Southeast Asia, where the region was dominated by Hindu thought and custom in the fifth and sixth century AD."
"Even today, the legacy of this close contact exists in the customs and traditions in that part of the world."
"One need look no further than national symbols: Rama in Thailand, Apsara in Cambodia, Garuda in Indonesia, Singa in Singapore...to assess the extent of influence Hindu culture had on the region."
"Cotton was being grown in India as early as 3000 BC. Indians had a supreme grasp of weaving and dyeing processes from the time of the Indus valley civilization."
ASIAN TEXTILE ART
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