Sunday, 2 December 2012

Woollens from Dhariwal

Shri Nathji would always scrutinize the labels of the woollens he wore and chiefly recollected only “Dhariwal” goods. He was very fond of woollens made in Dhariwal. Dhariwal is a city and a municipal council in Gurdaspur district in the state of Punjab, India. Dhariwal is most famous for its woolen mill. This town is situated on the banks of river Ravi and is 13 km away from Gurdaspur on Gurdaspur-Batala highway. During British rule, the New Egerton Woollen Mills (established in 1880) produced woollen worsted and hosiery of all kinds - in 1904 the company employed 908 people. These mills were famous throughout colonial India and were the only mills in Punjab at that time.
These days there are very few woolen knotting yarn manufactures are here, as most of the industry has shifted to Ludhiana in Punjab.  One mill by the name of Dariwal Woollen Textile Mills specialize in manufacturer of shawls & lohis and is a famous brand throughout India. But, it does not has a unit in Dhariwal, but is located at Gali Acharjan, in Amritsar, a town near Dhariwal. It uses the Dhariwal Trade mark. Its present owner is Mr. Satish Uppal.

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