Once worth their weight in gold, the fine Muslin Jamdanis of Bengal almost vanished from looms. What happened & how was this prized weave revived? Catch our new series ‘Heritage Matters’, where we look at the people and institutions who are working to save our heritage.
For more than two millennia, Indian muslin, described as ‘woven air’ and ‘evening dew’, was worth its weight in gold. Where did it come from and did the weavers really have their thumbs severed? Here’s an account of how this near-invisible fabric enchanted the world
Fort William College was meant to train young British lads for the Company but it ended up as a great centre of Indian languages. Find out how a college set up by the East India Company became the ‘birthplace of modern Hindi’ and went on to even influence the Bengal Renaissance