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From 2000 BC, the sub-continent has produced a glorious range of dyes, textiles and designs driven by the demands of, in turn, China and Persia, Rome, the Arabs, Mughals, Portuguese and, of course, the British East India Company supplying Europe.
The origin of the words calico, dungarees, gingham, khaki, pyjama, sash, seersucker, shawl and chintz all evidence of the immense trade in textiles from India.