The different stages of weaving
So here is what happens. Here are the stages of weaving.
- Cotton gets picked. The Daccai jamdani was made with the now extinct Phuti karpash variety
- Cotton is cleaned
- Cotton is combed/ginned
- Reeled, either with hand or amber charkha
- Drumming happens. The warp gets rolled by a drum. Watch the video.
- The warp yarn gets starched.
- The warp threads get set on the beam.
- Bobbin are made for the weft yarn
- Also for the threads/yarn needed to weave/embroider the jamdani design on top
- The reed setting happens (Husband and wife do this in the video).
- The weaving begins. This is the most complicated part. It is what differentiates this weave. It is basically a supplementary weft weave that floats within the yarn. Read about it here.
- The bobbins are used to weave the weft and the design.
- The weaving finishes.
- The saree is checked for errors. Sometimes a section needs to be redone.
- The saree is removed from the loom.
- It is dusted and folded. Given that it has been in the loom for days.
- Sometimes it is sent for making edging by hand rolling or by fringe making.
- The saree is neatly folded in a specific way to enhance the designs and sent to the distributor or the shop
- You wear your jamdani.
Now that you have watched the video, check out these amazing women who work on jamdani sarees below