Friday, May 2, 2014

History behind words….

‘Did you know’ series

My endeavor to share unique facts about the various places on this wonderful planet  continues…
And would like to share such queer oddities about the people, culture, traditions and places etc in this world on the main page of this blog, every week (am hoping to adhere to this schedule…..)

Here comes the first in the series.

Did you know #1?
Indian textiles have been long renowned for their fine quality and exquisite craftsmanship.
Amongst these are mainly cotton and silk fabrics. Some of the famous cotton fabrics whose names signify the history associated with them is:

Muslin: The finely woven textiles which the European traders first encountered was the fine cotton cloth from India carried by Arab merchants in Mosul (in present-day Iraq) So they began referring to all finely woven textiles as muslin.

Calico: When the Portuguese first came to India in search of spices they landed in Calicut on the Kerala coast in south-west India. The cotton textiles which they took back to Europe, along with the spices came to be called “calico’ (derived from Calicut) and subsequently calico became the general name of all cotton textiles.

Chintz: It is derived from the Hindi word, chhint, a cloth with small and colorful flowery designs. From the 1680s, there started a craze for printed Indian cotton textiles in England and Europe mainly for their exquisite floral designs, fine texture and relative economical price.

Bandanna (Any brightly colored and printed scarf for the neck or head): The term is derived from the word, bandhna (in Hindi is means- tying) and referred to a variety of brightly colored cloth produced through a method of tying and dying.

Source: NCERT textbook, Standard VII

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