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INDIAN TEXTILE MILLS
Indo-American Exchange Fellowship Grant Project
The following four photographs were taken by Randolph Langenbach in 1981 under an Indo-American Exchange Fellowship Grant. They were part of an extensive documentation of the textile industry in Ahmedabad, Bombay, Calcutta, and other places in India. Unfortunately, most of the images were destroyed in the 1991 Oakland, California Firestorm. These are the only color images rescued from the burning house. All were taken with a 4" x 5" view camera. The ones taken in the factory were done when the temperature in Gujarat exceeded 120 degrees Farenheit(50 Celsius).
all photographs (except as marked) © by Randolph Langenbach, 1981
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LEFT: Handweaver in a village outside of Ahmedabad, Gujarat
RIGHT: Master weaver in his silk handweaving shop, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, South India.
3 & 4) Weavers in an Ahmedabad Textile factory weave room. As of 2001, almost all of the hundreds of mills in Ahmedabad have shut down, so this scene, which had been ubiquitous in Ahmedabad - the "Manchester of India" has disappeared.
This article in the Times of India is a review of an exhibition of photographs from this project shown at the Ahmedabad School of Architecture and Planning in 1981.