Sindhis why are we traders ?


Was one of the most important link in World trade in Ancient times.

120 BC -110 BC

Merchants of Sindh brought their cargo to Aden, where from Egyptian merchants took it to Egypt via the Red Sea.


Silk moth, a native of Bengal and Assam, reached Northern China, where the Chinese became the first successful nation to unravel a single unbroken thread from its cocoon and developed it into commercially economical and successful proposition.

Since direct trade route between China and the West evolved over several centuries, the Indus route became the shortest available passage for commerce.

The ships touched Sindh and Gujarat ports only a maximum trade was with Sindh. The Arabs, Persians, Sindhians and even traders from the Mediterranean knew about trade.

According to Periplus, goods were sent from Brahmbore ( Karachi) the mouth of Sindhu or Indus.


The imports included figured linen (probably from Egypt), topaz, coral, storax, frankincense, glass vessels, silver and gold platen and a little wine.


Exports form this port consisted of Itar or Perfumes, bdellium (an aromatic gum) bycium (a cosmetic), nard (Nalada ointment), turquoise, lapis lazuli (from Badakhshan), seric skins (from China), cotton cloth, silk yarn (from China),Silk, Satin, Malmal, indigo,glassware, Musk.

At Brahmbore Indian, Tibetian, Persian (Khorasanian) and Chinese goods could be obtained.( Chinese, Iranian and Persian goods used to come from Shikarpur in the North.)

The Indians from places right up to Burma sent their goods to Brambhore.

In this phase, trade from Sindh must have been highest from all time of the Ancient world. It took hardly 20 days to travel from Aden to Brambhore.

For at least a hundred years this was the route mostly used for the trade with the South Asia.


Spices were being brought there along the sea coast from the peninsular India. In this phase Barygaza also managed to export Chinese silk, which reached it from Kashgar via Taxila, Mathura and Ujjain.

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