A Frayed History
The Journey of Cotton in India
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Once the envy of the world for its quality and variety, Indian cotton today is mired in uncertainty and despair. Though India is the largest producer of cotton, its farmers are trapped in debt, and thousands choose to kill themselves than face an ignominious fate. Handloom weavers, once proud standard-bearers of the country's artisanal heritage, are barely able to scrape together a living. To make matters worse, there is the back-breaking competition with artificial fibres. Meena Menon and Uzramma take us through the fascinating history of cotton in India, examining its illustrious origins, its blood-stained colonial heritage, and the events that led to its current crisis. Amid the bleakness, the authors suggest a silver lining: reviving indigenous cotton�and the handloom industry that spun its fame. Through painstaking research, Menon and Uzramma show that with the right combination of friendly policies and championing the Indian cotton brand, it is possible to restore the fabric's past glory. This is an important book not just for lovers of cotton but anyone concerned with the struggles of Indian agriculture in a brutal, fast-changing market. About the Author MEENA MENON is the former deputy editor of The Hindu and has written extensively on socio-political issues, including environment, development, and politics. UZRAMMA is the director of the Malkha Trust and has been associated with India's artisanal cotton textile industry since 1989.

This book documents the history of cotton, its patterns of cultivation, the expanding use of hybrid varieties, and their consequences on the increasing distress of cotton growing farmers and weavers in India. It takes a look at the changing trends in how cotton has been perceived and used. A comprehensive study of cotton farming, this book explores the loss of local varieties of cotton and cotton-weaving traditions. The authors argue that cotton growing and weaving cannot be understood in isolation from the forces of rapid economic globalization, and underline the neglect faced by the agricultural sector in the last few decades. They explain in detail how post economic liberalization of the 1990s, Indian cotton farmers became part of an unequal global economy, and what it has meant for people engaged in economic activities hinged on this ancient fabric in India. The book concludes with some pertinent questions on the future of the fabric and its ever changing use. A study aimed at documenting the history and politics of this fabric in India, it works towards making the story of cotton relevant for the present and future generations.

AuthorMeena Menon
BindingHardcover
EAN9780199474639
ISBN019947463X
Height580 mm
Length880 mm
Width150 mm
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages416
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-11-16
PublisherOUP Oxford
StudioOUP Oxford
Sales Rank17079

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  • The author associated with A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is Meena Menon.
  • The EAN for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 9780199474639.
  • The ISBN for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 019947463X.
  • The height for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 580 mm.
  • The length for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 880 mm.
  • The width for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 150 mm.
  • The language for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is English.
  • The binding of A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is Hardcover.
  • The number of pages for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India are 416.
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  • The publication date for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 2017-11-16.
  • The publisher for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is OUP Oxford.
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  • The sales rank for A Frayed History: The Journey of Cotton in India is 17079.
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