Seventeenth century was a period of transition for India, both politically and economically. While the Mughals strengthened their hold in the north, economic relations were thriving along the Coromandel coast. Merchant guilds flourished across the region, catering to Europeans, exploring far away lands in search of spices and textiles. Besides relishing Indian cloves, Europe was also wearing Indian cotton and soon decorating homes with it. Perhaps it was around this time that a 230 x 180 cm fabric, with kalamkari print, travelled to France.

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