Saree in the Making

by Shatika, March 26, 2016

Weft refers to the yarn that produces visible dyed patterns as it is woven into the warps in order to produce fabric. The process of weft ikat is more time consuming compared to warp ikat. This is due to the artisans’ intricate attention to detail in the adjustment of the weft, necessary throughout the weaving process in order to maintain the consistency and clarity of patterns. This technique incorporates both warp and weft techniques. The warp and weft are both resist-dyed before being worked on the loom where precision and patience is the key to sustaining the patterns.

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The incorporation of the warp and weft technique in double ikat is demanding in terms of time and the production process, as reflected in the elaborate patterns and craftsmanship. Weaving in double ikat is so intricate that it can take from seven to nine months to weave the length of a single saree. Within India, the double ikat technique is most renowned in the Nalgonda district of the state of Andhra Pradesh and Patan, Gujarat where it is known as Patan Patola. As in earlier times, all ikat weaving occurs in the homes of the artisans and is usually a skill that is shared and practised among all members of the family. Sharing the beauty of this saree will keep the tradition keep going further in their lives. We at Shatika believe that each saree is a treasure and has a story to go with. Weaving is a skill that is truly Indian.

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