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tailors Rajad, Muthuel & Keerthi in Madras Batik shirts, part of the Clean Clothes Project in South East India. Besides unsafe factory condition, garment workers are often subjected to harmful chemicals used for textile coloring and treatment. To address this and make clothing in the...

The paisley shawl was in fact an imitation of a garment that was brought to the UK from the East India Company in the mid 18th century. The paisley shawl became very vogue but the Indian versions were expensive and in very short supply. The shawls were quickly copied by British manufacturers...

While many of us speak of it as a pipe dream, she really did run an Empire and became a symbol of the resistance to the British East India Company. At the tender age of 22, she fought as a key player in an initial rebellion on India's War of Independence in 1857. She died in battle in 1858 –...

I have many thoughts on the colonization of India politically, but let's keep this discussion about the history as it relates to fashion – namely, Chanel's collection here, shall we? The French East India Company established a few initial colonies in the 1600s. Pondicherry was one of the...

The well-loved teardrop design originated from Kashmir, India. The motif is thought to be taken from the early shoots of the date palm, which is known in India as the symbol of fertility. Hand embroidered paisley shawls were brought to Europe by the East India Company in the seventeenth...

Its prevalence spread across the Middle East to other southern and central Asian nations, further muddling its own exact origins. It wasn't until around the 1600s when British traders and spice merchants hailing from the East India Company brought the Boteh back to their own native countries,...

Peaches Geldof's glossy return with cover for Company Peaches... is that really you? Lady, where have you been all our lives? It appeared for a time there that the celeb-world was both fascinated and saturated with Peaches Geldof. But after a failed quickie marriage , some ominous drug-related...

The Boston colonists rebelled against their controlling motherland England, and the conspired monopoly of the East India Company. In December, 1773, Boston colonists, dressed as Native Americans, boarded three taxed tea ships and threw the goods overboard, as protest against taxation without...

A team of three restorers work for Jain to "preserve his collection". His collection of East India Company Art includes several original prints of Thomas and William Daniell's Oriental Scenery, 80 plates of A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountain by John Gould, Rhododendrons of Sikkim...

1633, Mauritshuis The founding of the French East India Company in 1664 opened Europe to Eastern trade and artistic inspiration. Decorative arts in the Asian style–generically termed "Chinoiserie"–flourished in the eighteenth century, frequently incorporating monkeys as well as pagodas,...