In the 19th century, machines took the place of individual skilled weavers, lowering the prices of textiles and making it increasingly more difficult for handmade Indian textiles to compete. Companies in Manchester, England such as the East India Company began producing designs catering to the Indian market as well as other far eastern destinations.
This cotton kerchief has various floral, circular, and abstract red and brown designs roller printed on to a beige base. It is in fair condition with small holes as shown in the photos, and is stabilized with cotton backing.
Circa: 19th century
Origin: Manchester, England for the Indian Market
Dimensions: 33" x 28"
Inventory number: TX4868