Cotton Cleaning Bombay 1910 – Old Postcard
This is an old postcard of cotton cleaning work in Bombay, now Mumbai 1910. This was the traditional way of cleaning and sorting cotton many years ago. The cotton farming and trade took off in India when the export from America to England stopped because of the civil war. The British encouraged its farming in the deep interiors of India to meet their huge demand.
In 1854 the first textile mill opened in Mumbai by Cowasji Nanabhai Davar a wealthy Parsi industrialist. The mill named Bombay Spinning and Weaving Mills, opened in Tardeo, Mumbai. See also my post on- Antique Photo Kohinoor Mills Mumbai 1918. Read also about- History Of Mumbai’s Iconic Textile In 1 Minute.
Did you know- the railway was introduced into India by the British for one of the sole purposes of transporting cotton from deep interiors of India to Bombay. The other was for the transport of British troops.