Madras Handkerchief :
The characteristic item of fabric
produced and exported from the Madras and
Andhra belt is the Real Madras Handkerchief
popularity of this fabric is due chiefly to
two factors. Even after long use for the specific
purposes for which it is designed and the
many washes it undergoes during that time,
it is so durable that it is ultimately used
as ordinary cloth for various household chores.
Another reason for its popularity is its peculiar
smell. This smell is obtained using turmeric
powder and indigenous indigo. African consumers
are partial to this fabric for the typical
colors which they find in it. This is due
to the fact that the mineral content in the
water used in weaving and dyeing of the fabric
gives a special tinge to the color which the
mill-made 'Imitation Madras' could not achieve.
RMHK is exported chiefly to West
African countries such as Benin, Nigeria,
Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia from
where it finds its way to surrounding countries
such as Southern and Northern Cameroun, Dahomey,
Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and to many other
places in Central Africa. In the recent past,
these fabrics have made an entry into the
market in Western Europe and USA with slight
modifications in the dimensions and constructional
particulars of the original product. Several
countries have imitated this fabric on power
looms and have been attempting to market it.
These are known as 'Imitation Madras', while
the genuine product from India made on hand-looms,
came to acquire the prefix 'REAL'.
Dr. Mohammed Seraj ANSARI
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