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  • This beautiful tasar stole has been woven in the idyllic village of Gopalpur along the banks of the river Brahmani in Odisha. Tasar weaving began here many centuries ago when tantis (weavers) from Bengal followed the sage Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to this area and then settled down in Gopalpur. Till date, the process of weaving remains virtually unchanged. 

    This scarf has been woven using “gheecha” tasar yarn which is extracted by the laborious thigh reeling process. No machine is used. A border of quaint elephant motifs has been created with zari to add a subtle festive touch. Loomkatha has worked with Dharmendra Guin and his family to weave this design. Its heart-warming to see how the entire family comes together to weave a single piece. Guin da’s mother and sisters prepare the tasar cacoons by boiling and then thigh-reeling the yarn. His father uses an ancient charkha to wind this yarn onto bobbins. Dharmendra himself prepares the warp and loads the loom while his young wife Saraswati then does the actual weaving. Your purchase supports an entire family to earn with dignity and continue their ancient profession with pride.

    Gopalpur Gaja Tasar Scarf

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