Cotton traces its origin to India,
precisely, the Indus
delta. Indian lands have stood as a witness to its
historical journey. Its cultivation and
upkeep saw colonialism and a series
of crests and troughs leading to what it is today, troubled and unkempt. Describing the menace significantly in their book “A Frayed
History – The Journey of Cotton in India”, Meena Menon and
Uzramma have simultaneously succeeded in explaining how cotton was revived
indigenously and how the handloom industry led to its boom. Every dark cloud
does have a silver lining.
This tome entails the heritage of cotton cultivation, cotton
farming practices, the increased need and rate of hybridisation and the following
penalties paid by the cultivators and weavers in India. The local varieties and
weaving techniques of cotton have lost their charm to emerging trends and
arising needs in the global market. Globalisation has adversely affected the
cotton cultivation in India. The rapid changes in the demands from the cotton
and the negligence of the concerned authorities have led to unforeseen troubles
in the cultivation and weaving sector. The farmers and weavers lost their say
in the market and could not bear the pangs that this ancient fabric of India
bore. The cheap, synthetic and fast-moving substitutes of cotton as well as the
advent of synthetic fabric have caused an ill effect on cotton fabric and
subsequently disturbed the lives of many. This book explains it all. The
expressions in this book are bound to strike a multitude of thoughts questions
in the minds of its readers regarding what cotton holds for itself in the
coming future and how well will it be able to adapt to continuously revising
trends of the market.
In several surveys, it has clearly surfaced that India is
the largest producer and supplier of cotton in the world, yet the cotton
formers in the country are succumbing to attempting suicides and being unable
to put together a decent living standard for themselves due to the inability to
pay off the debts. Similarly, the cotton weavers are in no better shape. Once
proud and skilled, they are now an ignored sector of the Indian economy.
Irrespective of its place and position in the global market, India needs to
scrutinize the foothold of cotton cultivation in contributing in its monetary
The authors of this book have commendably brought to light
the prevalent conditions of cotton in India and in the international market.
It’s a must read for the cotton lovers in the country.