Sunday 8 April 2012

Trip to Bhagalpur- Pureni and Miranchak Clusters

 Visit to Pureni 

Pureni, a place about 12 km from Bhagalpur, is known for its thicker deniers of Silks. At one time, it was feeding to a lot of exporters, but now only a few have remained.

A lot of government initiative has gone into the development of those clusters. One of those is the opening of several of these centers where handloom general facilities and dyeing facilities are provided.

In Pureni, a lot of weavers are working for master weavers based in Nathnagar and Bhagalpur. The picture below shows a Dupatta in Viscose and Dupion being woven for an exporter. 

A very heavy sheeny fabric is in demand for home furnishing. The picture below depicts one such fabric made in dupion. With a price of Rs. 500 plus per meter in production, it is turly for the discerning.

In handloom, different methods are used at different places to hold on the fabric. The picture below shows a typical cross style of gripping the fabric.

A look at the chamber dyeing machines at weavers service center. The machines are so new that it is evident that these are hardly used. 

A look at the sari woven at the service center. The motif is in Jamdani style, where the extra weft is inserted using big sewing needles.

Type of Yarns

This yarn is a single Matka yarn. Matka yarn is made from waste of Mulberry Silk

The yarn below is ghicha yarn from Pureni. Ghicha from Pureni is finer than that from Baghaiya.

The yarn below is a twist of Matka yarn and Dupion yarn.

Yarn below is called Matka Throwester Also called ( 27/1). It is made up from Waste of Katan Silk. It is also called Matka 85, as it was first used in 1985. Second picture is a close of the yarn. The yarn is very slubby and very soft.

The yarn below is the twisted Throwster ( 27/2).

The yarn below is Dupion yarn. Characterized by soft twist and feel, it adds sheen to any thing it is woven with. 

The fabric below is made up of Valkal, the yarn obtained from the link by which cocoon is held on the tree. Very costly.

Visit to Miranchak 

Picture below is that of a cho cho yarn. Generally it is made from waste silk. However the yarn below is that of viscose.

The picture below depicts the mat made out of cho-cho yarn.

A look at the weaver community there. 

A sari being woven there using polyester in weft.

A look at the school at Miranchak

A fabric using Matka 85+Dupion and matka.

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