Wednesday WOW – Jamdani Weaving

It has been a while, with more hands on the loom time than surfing and blogging time, but I saw this stunning video this morning of Jamdani weavers from Dhaka in Bangladesh.  They weave incredibly fine and transparent cloth with designs created by inlaying feature yarns to create patterns.  The muslin fabric base is very, very fine, while the supplementary weft is added by hand, pick by painstaking pick, in a freehand design created from memory.

Jamdani weaving is recognised by it’s inclusion on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Jamdani Weaving.  The fell of the cloth.  Picture by Masud Anada

Jamdani Weaving. The fell of the cloth. Picture by Masud Anada

Jamdani Weaving.  Inserting the supplementary weft.  Picture by Masud Anada

Jamdani Weaving. Inserting the supplementary weft. Picture by Masud Anada

I use a similar technique in my Wrapt in New Zealand designs, using a supplementary weft to add Maori and Pacifica inspired motifs to the scarves and wraps I create which in turn are inspired by the native birds of Aoteaoroa, New Zealand.

Using a supplementary pattern weft to insert designs and motifs into a Tui scarf.

Using a supplementary pattern weft to insert designs and motifs into a Tui scarf.

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