from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A collective name of textiles of different kinds made for trade with the West African coast; originally, such cloths made in India.


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  • According to Subrahmanyam, the European market "consumed not only the chintz and painted cloth of the Krishna and Godavari deltas (which in any case accounted for only a small fraction of total production), but also plain cloth in particular the varieties known under the trade names of salampuri, percalla, muri, bethille and guinea-cloth (or long-cloth) (Subrahmanyam," Rural Industry and Commercial Agriculture, "82).

    Colonial Lists/Indian Power: Identity Politics in Nineteenth Century Telugu-Speaking India


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