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jamdani

jamdani (India, Bangladesh) handwoven cotton muslin originally from the eastern Indian subcontinent made by a supplementary weft technique where a slightly thicker extra weft is inlaid by hand to create design motifs that appear to float. Jamdani weavers possess centuries-old skills and often work without a drawn pattern, weaving from intuition alone. Each cloth is a unique design and never to be exactly repeated. Historically, jamdani was considered an ultimate symbol of luxury, prized for its fine, sheer qualities. According to lore, the ultimate test of fine jamdani was to draw a sari through a woman’s ring. The entire system of jamdani production, from dyeing threads to setting up the loom, is determined by the length of the end product: the sari. Looms are set up with 11 meters of warp; each warp yields two saris at 5.5 meters in length. For this reason, it is nearly impossible to convince a weaver to produce running yardage. dosa jamdani is handwoven by villagers of Samudragarh, near Kolkata. Since our first season using jamdani in 2001, dosa has been saving production off-cuts and recycling them into new products or engineered yardage. (2001) See also recycled jamdani