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Tiggy Allen
Of one of the strangest places for a craft to be revived, the Jaipur Central jail played a key part in the revival and protection of the art of hand-woven carpets. A Mughal import into India, colonial influence over the Indian subcontinent by the 1850s had shrunk traditional crafts like carpet…
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In Varanasi, before the advent of jacquard looms, weaving was done on jala looms. A ‘jala’ is a kind of frame on which the design is first created using threads by nakshabands (pattern-makers). This is attached to the loom as a master harness. Some master weavers still use the jala loom in Varanasi.
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