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Paithani Weaving Workshop

Our last stop in Aurangabad was a Paithani Weaving Workshop.  The name Paithani is used for a saris made by a traditional weaving method called kam khab, that uses both gold and silk threads. Royal families in the region had clothing made by this method from the 14th century.  Later when the city's prosperity declined weavers started using cottons and silver threads instead, this fabric is known as himroo, which literally means similar.

The weaving method is based on tapestry techniques, where multiple colours are used on the weft threads. The designs used often include motifs from the nearby Ajanta caves.

 

A weaver at work, this loom includes sections below floor level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weaver showed us the fabric he was working on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there was a shop attached where you could by some of the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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