India, Khamir Craft Society, Patanwadi Woolen Shawl with Tangaliya Dots
Product name: Patanwadi Woolen Shawl with Tangaliya Dots
Type of product: Hand woven Woolen Shawl
Description (story of the item): This woolen shawl is handwoven by Vankar Lalji Bhikha using the ancient Tangaliya or Daana weaving technique. This intricate process of twisting extra weft while weaving creates beautiful geometrical patterns and motifs such as peacocks and flowers. The essence of this weaving technique is the compositions created by colourful dots, which are simultaneously created on both the sides of the fabric. Besides, the shawl is hand-joined in the centre using the traditional macchi-kanta technique. Before being woven and stitched into the final product, the yarn was handspun and hand dyed, thereby sustaining the once traditional and almost extinct skills of natural dyeing and hand spinning.
This in turn, helps create a cohesive value chain right from the Patanwadi sheep to its breeding and herding to the shearing, weaving, spinning and dyeing, all of which tie together various artisanal communities. And also revive traditional livelihoods such as pastoralism and bring back into the spotlight the heritage weaves of disappearing traditions like the Tangaliya.
Materials: Kutch’s indigenous desi wool (from the Patanwadi sheep breed)
About Desi Wool: Kutch’s desi wool is natural, organic, eco-friendly and biodegradable in nature. It can resist odour, stains and wrinkles, repel water, and can make you feel cool in summer.
Measurements / size: 40"x78"