Under the Mughuls the textile industry blossomed and till the end of the 18th century the subcontinent could be described as one of the workshops of the world. Akbar, Jahangir and his gifted queen, Nur Jahan, showed great interest in the skill of craftsmen. The jamdani, the jamda, kamkhwab, woolen shawls and various kinds of brocade were introduced in the subcontinent. The Dacca muslin had no parallel in the world.

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