Everything, save the natural silk, connected with Paithani does emit aroma of its own. It is the local soil. Let it be the producer, the designer, the weaver, the painter or even the sales professional. All are local, hidden well away in their ancestral homes in many a narrow lane.
: Some of the traditional colours of Paithani are 'Anjeeri', 'Angoori'black
Raw Material requirements:
The Loom: Loom required for Paithani are dyeing in the des Wooden loom of frames can be fashioned out by a carpenter. This should be of superior teak. Accessories being wooden pegs, stumps of buffalo or bullhorn for shuttles, stone platform, cane templates, pulleys etc. Space for loom: 10' X 10'
Natural silk: Natural silk of the highest purity 20/22 warp for extrusion, 3 ply waste silk original filaments of silver/gold, golden/silvery are required for traditional saree borders and should be of 3000 yards.For artwork and corridors, the filament requirement is 1200 yards standard.
Silk: A mature larva, well fed on mulberry leaves, while turning to hibernation in its pupal stage spins around it a protective cocoon. The strand surrounding the pupal case weighs about 100/150 grams of silk yarn on very deft, skilled, traditional treatment. This raw silk yarn is available in only the Seri cultural centres concentrated mainly in the State of Karnataka.
extant price of this yarn is Rs.1800.00 net a kilogram. The yarn on procurement
from Bangalore moved out to Yeola in Nasik District for dyeing in the
desired shades. It is subsequently extruded on can extruders. Depending
upon the size of the saree a wire mesh of 3250 wires is readied to receive
the yarn with a view to start weaving.
Weaving of Paithani:
2. Brocade: Requirement of silk, here, is as much as that for the traditional gold / silver filament i.e. 1200 yards. The piece ranges between minimum of Rs. 10000 to Rs. 20000 a piece in accordance with the design and dimension of 1.2 meters by 5.5 meters.
3. Wall Hangings: Production procedure being the same, a wall hanging, 45 cms. By 1.2 meters size costs Rs. 5000 to Rs. 15000 a piece, depending upon the designs. Time to complete also varies from 1 month to 3 months. Design is the deciding factor here, again.
4. Shawls: Size 1.2 meters by 2.1 meters price Rs. 4000 to Rs. 15000. Production time depends, here, again upon the designs. It may vary from 30 to 60 days.
Contact Info. :
Shamim is a mask weaver and has exhibited his work in France.He has recently done a project for 'The Grand Maratha 'Mumbai' for their reception.