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20 juin 2023 par Admin IAO
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Mercredi 12 juillet 2023, 15h
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Amit Kumar, Assistant Professor of History at School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India
Precious Threads and Precarious Lives Histories of Shawl and Silk Industries of Kashmir, 1846–1950

This book studies the hitherto unexplored history of the shawl and silk industries of the himalyan state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It focuses on the three processes – production, circulation, and consumption – of the textile industry of the region to highlight its socio-economic and political importance in 19th- and 20th-century Kashmir. Using the micro-history approach, it studies the sites of production – the home looms or the small karkhana – efficiency of labour, and innovations by weavers in their techniques to suit the demands of the market. It also locates the impact colonialism had on transforming the labour economy in the Kashmir textile industry. Further, it compares these karkhanas with the Scottish factories or home looms to illuminate many sites of difference and comparison between the working styles and technologies [Lire la suite]

Amit Kumar teaches history at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University. Amit did his PhD from University of Delhi and was also a visiting PhD Global history fellow at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. The monograph is an extended form of his PhD.

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