The glory of jamdani

Print edition : September 20, 2013

Master weaver Jyotish Debnath displaying a finished jamdani sari produced in his factory at Kalna. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Hunched over the loom, the weaver works on his designs with needle and thread in silent concentration. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

The traditional way of jamdani weaving begins with the making of the yarn. Spinning the yarn with two charkhas. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Enfolding threads in a slightly wet cloth to let them soak in the dampness. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Spooling the threads in bobbins Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Reeding at the pit loom. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

The final stage: weaving at the pit loom. Depending on the design, sometimes a single sari can take one month to weave. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

The Crafts Council of West Bengal is making huge efforts to revive the traditional craft of making jamdani saris with hand-spun yarn.
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