From Muse to Machines: how Indian cottons steered the technological trajectory of the British cotton industry

Author(s): Alka Raman

Type: Poster

Department: Department of Economic History

Exhibit no: 18

Winner - Poster Prize

How did Indian cotton cloth influence British industrialisation? I use historical textual and material evidence to show that the quest for improvement in cloth quality, to match that of the competitor and benchmark Indian cotton cloth, underpinned the technological course taken by the English cotton industry.