Before the malls, Mumbai was known as the city of mills.
And one such mill, which forms an important part of Mumbai's mill culture and history is the Great Eastern Mills located at Byculla.
Founded in 1839, The Great Eastern Mills was one of the innumerable mills located in Mumbai during the 20th century and was an important of the city's economy which provided livelihood to a large number of workers who worked in these mills.
But all of that changed in the year 1982, when the textile strike took place that led to the shutdown of these mills and rendered the mill workers jobless.
Amongst other reasons, the strike took place as a result of the workers demanding better wages and working conditions. And what followed was a lockdown which would change the fate of Mumbai's mills and its history forever.
In the later years, as the mill workers and owners never reached a settlement, these mills were shut forever and with it got erased a glorious chapter of Mumbai's history.
Subsequently like several other mill spaces including Phoenix Mills and Kamala Mills, the Great Eastern Mills which was owned by the Kanoria family was sold off to Peninsula Land Ltd.
And today the premise of this mill houses The Great Eastern Home - a fine furniture store. Besides this, the premise is also used for hosting art and cultural events.
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