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“… the kadata is a long sheet of cloth seasoned with coal or charcoal paste made out of powder of tamarind or antwal seeds, nicely rubbed with stone, dried up, folded in the form of a book which opens like a roll,” says Dr. A K Shastry, in an article published by the Deccan Herald. “Soapstone pencil was used to write on these cloth sheets.”  More history can be found here: History in black and white.

Top images from Kamat’s potpourri – not sure of the date of this book, which would be great to know. Bottom image from an article in The Hindu. I think I need to go to Mysore to get more information!


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