uFabric: Pure Mulberry Silk
Size: About 225 cm x 71 cm
Care: Dry Clean Only. Avoid frequent washing.
Disclaimer: Characteristic imperfections associated with handweaving and hand dyeing maybe noticed. This is not a flaw but indicative of handmade process. Despite every effort to showcase each product’s color and design, please note that actual colors may vary due to different device settings and other factors.
Made By: This Dupatta wrap is handwoven by Baldev bhai, with help from his wife Vijaya Ben. He is 38 years old, he started weaving at 22 years of age, before revival of this craft he even worked as a day laborer to support his family. Today things have improved so much more for him and his family. They live in a joint family and his father weaves as well. Vijaya Ben plays a very important role in yarn preparation and loom setup as well as finishing and detailing on textiles once they are off loom. His 17 year old daughter Manisha is learning to weave as well, her younger siblings Asish and Lata find this very interesting as well. It has been a pleasure knowing Baldev Bhai and his family and we are absolutely delighted to share his authentic Tangaliya textiles with our customers! Your purchases with intention helps perpetuate this beautiful heritage weave as well as supports rural artisans who are continuing this important work.
Tangaliya: Tangaliya is a fascinating weave from Surendranagar region of Gujrat, India, woven by Dangasiya community. This weave had almost declined to extinction but thanks to government efforts and National Institute of Fashion Design, it has caught the attention of handloom connoisseurs. Traditionally, this kind of work was done on woolen textiles that were used as wraparound or throws ( Tang-meaning legs, reference to a fabric that is used to cover legs to protect from cold) by Bharwad (a shepherd community). Its revival involving cotton and silk fibers has led to increasing demand and many a weavers who had either taken up agriculture, migrated or switched to day laborer jobs have come back to weaving these beautiful textiles. The essence of Tangaliya weaving is the intricate process of twisting extra weft native sheep wool beads into the yarn while weaving, resulting in glowing colorful designs, resembling dana (dotted) work embroidery. The process is painstaking but the results are truly sensational! This weavers still experience lack of exposure and we hope to use our platform to help popularize this incredible textile craft. The amazing thing about this heritage technique is that the designs look identical in front as well as back.