We use three different threads for this silk saree. One thread is required for Zari making. Every thread is interconnected. For Zari making, this thread to be inserted into this area otherwise it will go very fastly. For Silk making, this thread to be inserted into this pulley. Totally 3 threads we are using for this process. Should those be pulled quickly? No, this process needs to be done very slowly. That is why we use this small pulley. Otherwise, the Zari won’t look good. How many years, have you been in this field? I have been doing this for 40 years. In the starting 15 years, I have been weaving Lungi materials. Weaving only Handloom Lungi The lungi I am wearing now. This what I have been doing for the past years. For one loom, we need 2 boxes like these. Those 2 boxes must be big, with 240 hooks each. For one loom, we need 2 boxes like these. As you can see here, for Border Design, this box is needed. And for Body Design, this box is needed. We tie these boxes to a rope and attach these cards to those. By this way, we can get the needed design in our loom easily. Likewise, this part gives the design for Body Portion. For Border Design, the Zari needed has to be kept separately. We use different colors for Body and Border Design. This saree is double side bordered one. Hence both Zaris are rolled out separately to get the border design. Each box can be activated by our legs. As you can see, there would be pedals available down. These Pedals activate the Body and Border Design Boxes This part has to be pedalled by us. This is Body Portion Designing Box We can activate Body Design Box, when we pedal our right leg. Border Design Box can be activated on pedaling our right leg. One Box for Border and one for Body Design. One has to be pedalled by left leg and one by right leg It will get lifted up when we strike against it by leg. As you can see, there are two boxes and two pedals here. This is one side of the loom. This is another part of it. While we start, we do like this one and while finishing, it becomes like this. We are weaving these sarees for the society. Once we complete the sarees, we hand over it to them. Only then we get another set to weave. These Silk and Zaris are given by them I am society member. We get all these things to weave from the Society. They have many sarees to weave and hence they provide us the necessary things. Once we are done this one side, we cannot go ahead weaving unless we rotate this pulley like thing manually. Whenever we are done with weaving of one part, we have to rotate it always. And this part has to be tightened, to get the full loom. As you can see, this is one type of hole and this is another type of hole. The holes here differs according to the design we need. This is the main thing for a perfect design. If you take this mango design, it is made perfect only because of these holes. Those holes are meant for this Flower Border Design. It comes from this big box. What can be done with this thing? As I said earlier, I am changing cards for designs with this. Once one design gets completed, that Old Card should be changed to New Card for a different design. When did you start weaving this saree? I started this yesterday afternoon. I have now completed only the Border Portions. Next I will start with Body portions which takes more 3 days. So, it takes 5 days to make a whole handloom saree. Atleast 5 days a saree. For this work, everyone in our family has to work combinely. This is Thirubuvanam/Kumbakonom or Bhuvanagiri handloom Saree. It costs minimum 10000 rupees. This one costs min 1700 or 2000 rupees. Price raises according to its weight. This weaving was originally done by Saurashtra people. For Whole TamilNadu, Saurashtra People did the weaving After that, many people came doing this weaving at various parts. But then also,original credits go those people who has started this weaving. They know the history about this whole weaving process. I have been doing weaving from my 18 years. Now I am 50 years old. I have seen many falls and downs in this work. Today I am doing this Weaving on my Own. For the Past 22 years But Thiruvalluvar once said, “Nothing is comparable to Weaving Work”
I believe that. Silk Manufacturing is done in Bangalore and Zari Manufacturing in Surat. Weaving Process is done Kanchipuram, Bhuvanagiri, Thirubuvanam. The name of the saree takes from its weaving place.,like Kanchipuram Silk or Thirubuvanam Silk. But actually, all the Sarees are same, only the weaving areas are different. Long live this Weaving !