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Backstrap Weaving in Pokhara, Nepal

Backstrap weaving is an ancient art practiced for centuries in many parts of the world. Most tend to think of this technique being used in South America.  However Asia is well known for Backstrap weaving as well.  We saw examples of this type of weaving in Nepal and Bhutan. The yarns are rolled on a…

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Fabric craft in Jodhpur, India

In a previous article, I talked about the textiles that many are pressured to buy when they come to India, as illustrated here: In our excursions outside of the city, we did visit another export shop where women were working on “bedazzling” different fabrics, which were then stitched together. It’s an interesting way to use…

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Rug weaving in Jaipur India

This is the entrance to the historic pink city in Jaipur, India.  As part of a government-sponsored art display, local artists and rug weavers were displaying their art and selling their goods. This local rug weaver was extremely talented.   Because of my interest in rug weaving, he kindly took the time to teach me how…

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Textile Weaving in Aurangabad, India

A 2000-year old technique is still being used to create Paithani (silk) and Himroo (silk and cotton blend) garments (sarees, shawls), other household items, and tapestries. Here is one of the women at work.  It takes between 18-24 months for Paithani weaving technique for a saree.   At Clean Interiors we go to great lengths…

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Tibetan Refugee Rug Weavers in Nepal

Starting in the 1950s, many Tibetans were forced to flee into Nepal.  There are still 3 refugee settlements in Pokhara. These ones and their children and grandchildren are still considers refugees, as they do not have Nepali citizenship. For income, they rely on tourists to sell their wares too:  Buddhist religious items, jewelry, woven items,…

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Bishnoi Rug Weavers outside of Jodhpur, India

A 40 minute drive to the countryside of the Blue City, are the homes of the Bishnoi clan.  Their form of Hinduism treats all life as sacred.  They do not eat meat, and in the history of their people, have even given their lives to protect their trees from being cut down. About 50 families…

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Rug weaving in Jodhpur, India

Towards the end of the palace museum tour in the Jodhpur Fort, there is a gathering of local artisans specially invited to show their wares.  This includes leather shoes, jewelry, shawls, and idols. We were drawn to observe the rug weavers.  The spokesman of the two said that a different local rug artisan is invited…