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    BBC News | Zaria Gorvett | 18 min
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    • TranquilHaze3 weeks ago

      The cloth was thoroughly endorsed by Mughal emperors and their wives, who were rarely painted wearing anything else. They went so far as to bring the best weavers under their patronage, employing them directly and banning them from selling the very finest cloth to others. According to popular legend, its transparency led to yet more trouble when the emperor Aurangzeb scolded his daughter for appearing in public naked, when she was, in fact, ensconced in seven layers of it.

      ^ That sounds like the conceptual beginnings for The Emperor's New Clothes

    • Alexa1 month ago

      It's remarkable when you think about how many textile skills have been lost. Couturiers, weavers, and more, entire stitches and textiles are lost as artisans age out of the skill. Crazy to think of how Dhaka's garment industry has devolved from the primo creme-de-la-creme spot to a region riddled with cheap manufacturing and borderline slave labor for fast fashion garbage.

      This is really fascinating, a lost fabric, and one you've seen in tons of old art. Explains all the sheers!

      10/10 would wear.