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Threads of Tradition: Exploring the Art of Kadhwa Weaving

Threads of Tradition: Exploring the Art of Kadhwa Weaving

Kadhwa weaving is a labor-intensive technique characterized by its elaborate designs and meticulous craftsmanship. The process begins with the creation of a detailed pattern, often inspired by nature, mythology, or historical motifs. Skilled artisans then transfer this pattern onto a graph paper called naksha using a combination of mathematical precision and artistic intuition.

Once the design is finalized, the weaver sets up the loom, a complex arrangement of threads that serves as the foundation for the weaving process. Unlike traditional handloom weaving, where the design is created manually, Kadhwa weaving employs a supplementary weft technique to insert additional threads into the fabric, creating intricate motifs and patterns.

The highlight of Kadhwa weaving lies in its use of supplementary weft threads, often made of gold or silver zari, to embellish the fabric. These metallic threads are meticulously woven into the fabric by hand, adding a touch of opulence and luxury to the finished product. The intricate detailing and shimmering effect of the zari work elevate Kadhwa textiles to a level of unparalleled beauty and sophistication.

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