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Not so young Fashion Graduate From National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, India. Aspiring journalist. Amongst other eclectic hobbies, she likes writing and has written several poems and articles over her school and college life and now for a living. She would someday like to be be a more popular writer than just on her blogs. 'Tis a lady of grand splendor, who waketh in my bed every morning while the sun beckons her towards night...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Maheshwar part 3

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It may seem that 5 in the morning is hardly anytime to write a blog post on a travel taken 3 months ago...but well one reason im writing this is that i want to keep that memory down somewhere... the purpose of this visit was (as supposedly mentioned earlier) to learn the process of how the renown maheshwar fabric is woven.... i guess i would not be adding on to the already existing information about how now, this fabric is essentially suppoed to be a sheer cotton fabric but now has evolved into a silk warp^ and cotton/ silk weft* fabric. the fabric itself is so sheer that even after four layers one can see through it. mostly plain but has amazing motifs woven on the border with golden zari. the looms are all handlooms (frankly powerlooms wont be able to produce such finesse in design) which keeps the craft alive and most of the population of this town too. some ngo-s hav been working since the last 37 odd years to keep the tradition in its true form. mp tourism is not doing any less. (rhewa foundation being the pioneer)
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the beauty of the fabric lies in its crispness and fall which truly is amazing. we visited the loom while it was being set. the warp is set first where the whole yardage, in our case it was 2.5 X 7 +3.5 X 7 meters, is first put on the loom then the weft is shuttled (as hindu puts it khatl-khatl of the shuttle)

^ताना*बाना
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