Jamdani weave

by | Jun 3, 2016 | Bengal, Textiles

Jamdani is a vividly patterned, sheer cotton fabric, traditionally woven on a handloom by craftspeople and apprentices in West Bengal & Bangladesh. Jamdani textiles combine intricacy of design with muted or vibrant colours, and the finished garments are highly breathable.
Jamdani is a time-consuming and labour-intensive form of weaving because of the richness of its motifs, which are created directly on the loom using the discontinuous weft technique.

The jamdani is a weaving technique infused with tapestry work. Short lengths of weft is hand sown, where ever design is need, on the warp with a wooden needle. Such short lengths of weft threads are then extended to complete a design by being looped and tied around a warp. Each design or motif of the weft-patterned work may have two or more joins, skilfully sewn and woven so as to be invisible. By using thread as fine as the compound weave, the weft patterns seem to merge and float within the cloth, rather then appear as an overlay of woven decoration. However, jamdani weaving is principally transmitted by parents to children in home workshops. Weavers – together with spinners, dyers, loom-dressers and practitioners of a number of other supporting crafts – form a closely knit community with a strong sense of unity, identity and continuity.

Source: unesco.org and Traditional Indian Textiles by John Gillow & Nicholas Barnard

We are visiting Jamdani weavers of Kalna in Jan 2018.

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KALNA, a subdivision in West Bengal’s Bardhaman district, is known for its temples and hand-woven saris, particularly the jamdani weave.

Threads of Tradition – ATI Travel textile tour of India will be exploring this region and jamdani weaving with master weaver Jyotish Debnath.

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