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Weaves of Kullu

The winter months of the Kulu valley are a busy time for the households when almost every home is involved in the weaving process of the traditional Kullu shawl. The woolen shawls and pattus of Kulu are striking with the center spread of the shawl being a natural white or cream, while the borders have geometric or floral designs woven in brightly colored woolen yarn.

The skill of the weavers lie in applying even pressure to the loom, to ensure that the weave is uniform. Based on an inherent perception and ability the craft skill has been nurtured and developed through years of practice. The demand for the product has motivated the local people to develop this domestic need oriented industry into a craft industry of very high standards. Professional weavers from Kullu town have set up their workshops in the Kullu – Manali highway. The Kullu Dussehera, the Minjor fair held in Chamba town in August and September, and other rural fairs provide the weavers and traders with an occasion to sell their woolen fabrics, shawls, blankets, lois, pattus and patties.


Contributed by: Prarthana, CEE Ahmedabad

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Muslin Fabric

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Stitches in Chikankari

Double-Star Earring, Peacock Feather's Eye, Sidhual, Makra, Mandarzi, Bulbulchashm, Tajmahal, Phooljali, Phanda, Dhoom, Gol, murri, Janjeera, Keel, Kangan, Bakhia, Dhania Patti, lambi Murri, Kapkapi, Karan Phool, Bijli, Ghaspatti, Rozan, Meharki, Kaj, Chameli, Chane ki Patti, Balda, Jora, Pachni, Tapchim Kauri, Hathkati and Daraj of various types.