Hathras was an industrial hub during the British Raj. Cotton milling, knives, the spice asafoetida or “hing”, and Desi Ghee products were the main industries. The last two continue to thrive. Cotton milled at the Purana Mill Compound was exported around the world. The chief articles of commerce are sugar and grain. Hathras is now notable for: HoliColour and Gulal skin powders, the manufacture of ready made garments, chemicals, carpet manufacturing, artificial Moonga-Moti pearls, brass, artware and hardware, edible oil, metal handicrafts and beverages.