Itextile Industry At Nagapattinam During Early Medieval Period

  • Dr. G. Sheela Edward


 After agriculture in India the textile industry only has generated huge employment for both skilled and unskilled labor. It is the second largest employment providing sector in India. In the late 17th and 18th centuries India was well known for textile goods since ancient times and tradition of India virtually decayed during the colonial regime. Until 1750 about 25 percent of the world’s industrial textile output was produced from India.  Significantly the cotton manufacturing which included the production of piece goods, calicos and muslin. The cotton textile industry was responsible for the large part of the empire’s internal trade. In India particularly in the coastal town of Nagapattinam produced large amounts of textile during early medieval period.