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Read the story of the weavers here
It takes a decade and more to become a skilled jamdani weaver .
Incidentally, Jamdani weaving is a craft, like ikat, that transcends borders. Although Dhakai Jamdani of Bangaldesh is perhaps the most popular avatar of this weave today, its cousins thrive not only in West Bengal, but also in Benaras, Mou (U.P.) and Andhra Pradesh. In fact, Uppada Jamdani saris from Andhra Pradesh have been registered as a Geographical Indication (GI) last year. What is interesting is despite the basic geometric patterns, each region has developed and maintained its distinctive character re this weave. Unless these weaves, specially the Indian varieties are promoted to the average consumer, these would slip to oblivion in no time.
But then, this is the case for most handloom products in India today. If these find profitable markets, may be the children of the weavers would go to schools and get oppurtunities to follow their hearts in their professional lives.
That being said, I do hope some of their hearts would feel the tug of the yarn from the loom and they would learn the weaving skills from their fathers – not out of compulsion, but by choice.
i was told that a a great amount of mathematical skills are also learnt during this weaving technique.
if people go to learn graphic design and pattern cutting in schools, learning the craft of weaving in schools should be introduced. – don’t you think?
profitable markets if explored, can always be created -. Hold a trunk exhibition and you will be sold out in no time.
Way to go..
Please let me know about the next “trunk exhibition.”
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