The need for
covering the floors of the houses with cotton rather than woollen spreads
popular in Persia, brought in the durree and the khes. The hangings in the
colourful tents led to the invention of the floral designs on rough cloth. The
textiles for use in ceremonials became even more variegated under the Mughals;
the animated bright colours of Haryana fabrics are likely to spread more and
more to the entire world, as the drabness of the 'technology-run-mad' syndrome
demands richness for the eyes.
historical town of India, presently known as a city of Handloom was once famous
for its khes weaving. These were woven in a double-cloth weave with cotton
yarn, making it thick enough to be used as a shawl or a wrap. It was more
popularly used as a bedding material. With the advent of the power-loom, the
handloom sector of Panipat suffered a setback. However, while the carpet and
durree weaving industries survived, khes weaving died out owing to its time
consuming complex weaving.
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