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Jyotish Debnath


Rajib Debnath(Son)

image Art Form:
Muslin Jamdani

image Home Address:
Village-Baruipara, PO-Kaklna, Dist-Burdwan-713409

image Note:

Jamdani has its roots in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is a handwoven, fine cotton fabric deftly embellished with intricate motifs that are expertly woven into the fabric. Jamdani is an elaborate style in cotton weaving.

In the old days one could find 20,000 to 30,000 weavers in Kalna, West Bengal. Today, one would have to hunt a lot to find three hundred!

The objective of this fine art must have been to provide highly decorative garments for the royalty or noblemen. White or coloured designs of great intricacy are created using a method of weaving, somewhat like tapestry work. Small shuttles filled with coloured, gold or silver thread, are passed through the warp for the basic weave. The fabric appears lace like with shadowy figured designs both dreamy and suggestive. A specialty of Dhaka, the long warp threads are arranged, as in the case of any ordinary cloth. The pattern of the embroidery is drawn on paper and pinned beneath the warp. Whilst weaving, the workmen have to raise the paper pattern to ascertain if the weft has neared to where a flower or figure had to appear.

When the exact spot is reached, he uses a bamboo sliver to pass each buthi thread through the warp, sewing down the inserted thread. When the embroidered pattern is continuous and regular, the weaver usually dispenses with the paper pattern.

Two weavers normally work at a loom to accelerate as also simplify the work.