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Cotton means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
India history and geographySource: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Other Technologies: A Survey
Cotton refers to a textile that was actively produced and exported in ancient India.—By the time trade with the Roman Empire reached its peak, India was a major exporter of textiles (e.g., Cotton), specially cotton and silk. The Vedas refer to various types of garments as well as fabrics such as wool (avi, śāmulya) or silk (tarpya), also to weaving and looms. Later on, cotton appears (karpāsa) and we get some information on weaving skills from Buddhist literature.
From the 5th century CE), hoards of fragments of cotton material from Gujarat were found in Egyptian tombs at Fustat. India exported cotton to China, silk to Indonesia and all the way to the Far East. Fabrics — especially cotton and silk — often provided supports for much painted, printed or embroidered artwork (see an example left, from Gujarat), whether the resulting piece was to be worn as a sari or brocade or hung as tapestry.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Full-text (+712): Karpasa, Tulaka, Tulapicu, Shalmali, Picu, Picavya, Tulini, Apurani, Vastrayoni, Badara, Tula, Kutashalmali, Karpasasthi, Tulika, Pinjika, Indratula, Girani, Vadara, Lajjaka, Vanakarppasi.
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
III. Material benefits granted by the Bodhisattva < [Part 2 - Fulfilling the wishes of all beings]
I. Surpassing the stage of Śrāvaka and Pratyekabuddha < [X. Surpassing the lower vehicles and acceding to the irreversible ground]
Part 8 - Jātaka of the king who set fire to his body so as to hear a Buddhist stanza < [Chapter XIX - The Characteristics of Generosity]
Vinaya Pitaka (1): Bhikkhu-vibhanga (the analysis of Monks’ rules) (by I. B. Horner)
Village Folk-tales of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), vol. 1-3 (by Henry Parker)
The Religion and Philosophy of Tevaram (Thevaram) (by M. A. Dorai Rangaswamy)
Chapter 4.6 - (k) Symbology of Kovanam < [Volume 2 - Nampi Arurar and Mythology]
Chapter 59 - Tiru Onakantan Tali (Hymn 5) < [Volume 3.5 - Pilgrim’s progress: to the North]
Chapter 32 - Thirumudhukundram or Tirumutukunram (Hymn 43) < [Volume 3.3 - Pilgrim’s progress: to Chola (later?)]
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
Jataka 412: Koṭisimbali-jātaka < [Volume 3]
Jataka 210: Kandagalaka-jātaka < [Book II - Dukanipāta]
Jataka 388: Tuṇḍila-jātaka < [Volume 3]
Vaisheshika-sutra with Commentary (by Nandalal Sinha)