Designs from Indian Textile
Indian Textiles have been famous the world over since ancient times, and the validations of the same have been found during excavations at various pre-historic sites including 'Mohen-jo-daro' and burial sites in Egypt where fragments of printed cloth have been discovered, the origins of which have been traced to Gujarat. The East India Company that ruled over India for over 100 years primarily came as a trading company for Indian textiles, mainly the 'Chintz' from the Coromondel region, present day Andhra Pradesh. Kashmir Shawls were the prized possessions of the European nobility including French Queen, Marie Antoinette. Empress Josephine of France owned about 60 'Cashmere' shawls, as they called it. Indian Textiles stood out owing to their superior quality of fabric, magnificence of colors, rhythmic patterns and beautiful motifs which were not only demanded but also copied. The world famous 'paisley' pattern has been drawn from the 'ambi' or the raw mango motif that is very common and widely used in Indian Textiles.