The Eastern Region

The eastern region of India was ruled by several empires right from the  NandaMauryaShungaGupta, and Pala to the  Delhi SultanateBengal Sultanate and Mughal Empire, and Maratha. Following the Maratha invasions of Bengal, the territories of East India were conquered by the British Empire.

Hence, the majority of the population of East India is Hindu with significant Muslim and small ChristianBuddhist, and Sikh minorities along with a lot of Tribal groups residing in the hilly terrains. Owing to this, a variety of textiles are produced and worn by the different communities living here.

Did you know the Silk Route passed through the Eastern region Of India?

The eastern region can also be called the land of Rich Textiles since Silk was brought to India via the Silk Route, which passed through this region.

Silk Road
The silk route|Source: Britannica

The silk route linked China with the Western world, and thereby several trade activities took place here.  Silk went westward, and wools, gold, and silver went eastwards. Since then, this region has been the hub of silk making

The region lies in the humid subtropical zone; hence the fabrics used here are mostly cotton and silk based with higher absorbency.

Let’s have a look at each of its traditional fabrics:

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Bihar
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Chattisgarh
  5. Orissa
  6. West- Bengal

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