Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mashru Weaving, Patan

Still wowed by the entire process and beauty of the Patola weaving, a man on a motorcycle led our car through the narrow maze-like streets of Patan, past cows and women carrying baskets of dried cow pies to his house. Here, an older woman demonstrated the weaving of Mashru cloth on a pit loom. In this style of weaving, the top (outer) side was woven with silk, and the inner side (touching the skin) out of cotton. This technique was used because Islamic law forbade pure silk. Such garments were once used as part of the dowry in India, along with being exported to Turkey and the Middle East. Today the Mashru weaving is done in only a few places, with Patan being one of the main areas.

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