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Handloom Weaver of Indian Silk Sarees...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 30 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Silk Sarees are of sentimental value and most often Bridal Sarees in India are made of Silk, which are individually hand woven.

This picture depicts a weaver at the handloom. The lower picture shows how the silk thread is wound around a triangular scaffold to prevent entanglement. The other picture shows a close up of silk thread and "Jhari/Zari"( silver threads dipped in gold), which the weaver use.

"These sarees are typically 7 to 8 yards long and it takes about 1 week to weave them", the weaver said.

A finished product to be posted soon..

Manola from Bassens, France

A work which has the air easy to make but nevertheless needs a good week to make him(it).
..... I like colors.;;-)

30 Sep 2010 5:12am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful and fascinating shot. The first thing I thought when I saw this shot was,
I hope he shows us the end result. I will be waiting ! ;-)

30 Sep 2010 5:53am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great montage to illustrate the process. Good to see the weaver at work and marvel at the close up of the gorgeous gold silk. Look forward to seeing the finished product!

30 Sep 2010 5:55am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great documentary shot....excellent presentation..

30 Sep 2010 6:06am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Gorgeous combination Sunder!

30 Sep 2010 6:09am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Real artists these artisans, beautiful colors and triptychs. Good day.

30 Sep 2010 6:09am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

so beautiful! and fascinating~

30 Sep 2010 6:24am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely study and very well presented here.

30 Sep 2010 6:26am

oncho from granada, Spain

Great work

30 Sep 2010 6:38am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The craftsman and his loom ... their hands and handled with pleasure silks ... superb photograph of a work of art! Best regards, Adela

30 Sep 2010 7:14am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice composition
well done

30 Sep 2010 7:14am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha - from your description, the finished Sarees will be posted in about a weeks time! Lovely sequence, I'm glad this traditional skill is still there in these days of mass mechanisation. But the must be expensive-a whole week to make one? He will want a weeks wages, and some profit to keep the shop open!

30 Sep 2010 7:29am

@CElliottUK: Thanks for your comment. Yes, such sarees take a long time to get finished. The more complex , designed ones take even longer. By the time, the saree reaches the retail store, it is VERY expensive. Merchants provide the weavers with raw materials and sell the finished product. Sadly, the weaver may get about 8 to 10% of the saree cost - if he is lucky !!...Life !!!

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A great study and a very well (photo) presented

30 Sep 2010 7:30am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fascinating! Good shots too

30 Sep 2010 7:31am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

lovely ! working hard.. beautiful outcome i am sure!

30 Sep 2010 7:31am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A wonderful shot of the art.. and the artist.

30 Sep 2010 8:17am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

beautiful - so nice to see this process ^^

30 Sep 2010 8:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Thank you for the information. I would like to see a finished product soon.

30 Sep 2010 9:08am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe montage ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

30 Sep 2010 9:10am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic colors and details, great compo.

30 Sep 2010 9:25am

Iknow from Chengdu, China

very interesting documentary shot, and thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. you`ve got talented & careful eyes:))!

30 Sep 2010 9:35am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Wonderful documentary shots with a very good montage. Well done!

30 Sep 2010 9:40am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une très bonne image !
j'aime beaucoup le contraste entre la douceur dorée de la lumière ambiante et le blanc intense des deux ampoules suspendues !!:)

30 Sep 2010 9:56am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Superb workers information in this fabulous collage and I love the
gold "rope". I wonder how much he would charge for say 15 feet
of that wonderful work? Beautiful series getting so good I can't
wait to see more.

30 Sep 2010 9:59am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: These weavers, very talented and hardworking are sadly underpaid. Merchants provide the raw materials and then sell the finished product. These weavers manage to get only a tenth of the final cost....

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

The detail is excellent and the subject interesting. Fine images.

30 Sep 2010 10:54am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Un triptyque pédagogique! Et haut en couleurs et en matières!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

30 Sep 2010 11:53am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A true craftsman at work! Nicely captured Sunder! ;-)

30 Sep 2010 12:26pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A wonderful collage,with lovely colors and a clear view on this beautiful craft!

30 Sep 2010 12:38pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent collage Sunder ! Silk is always fascinated, and to have the opportunity of see the artist at work is wonderful... thanks for sharing ! Have a nice day :)

30 Sep 2010 1:12pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Very interesting collage! The colours are beautiful, the work difficult and such a saree must be quite expensive!

30 Sep 2010 1:27pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

A thousand-year-old art, colors splendid.

30 Sep 2010 2:15pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

A great collage. Well done.

30 Sep 2010 2:24pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The three shots do an excellent job of showing us this beautiful thread. Very nice close ups too.

30 Sep 2010 3:08pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great images with so pretty colors

30 Sep 2010 3:51pm

tataray from france, France

Superbe ... j'aime l'artisanat .. ))
Belles couleurs et magnifique texture qu'est la soie.

30 Sep 2010 4:10pm

arneet from delhi, India

the pictures are very good especially the one at right corner.....nice shots!!!

30 Sep 2010 4:44pm

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Dur labeur mais quelle finesse que la soie !

30 Sep 2010 5:02pm

melocoton from Spain

bonito reportaje, un saludo

30 Sep 2010 5:29pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great collage of photos that captures the work involved in this process!

30 Sep 2010 6:00pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a marvelous shot, Sunder. Great job working around and softening that difficult lighting, nice work!

30 Sep 2010 6:04pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

What an interesting series in only one picture. Bright colours.

30 Sep 2010 6:05pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Wonderful montage and explanation, this is fabulous and informative

30 Sep 2010 6:06pm

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

well explained

30 Sep 2010 6:21pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great and very interesting shot
indien sarees are so beautiful

30 Sep 2010 6:57pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder,
There are interesting pictures and excellent color and detail. This work is admirable and very valuable in the final product. Have a nice evening and all the best. Sincerely Christel

30 Sep 2010 7:27pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic - I love silk and the sari's are so beautiful so it is really good to see the process to achieve this amazing cloth.

30 Sep 2010 7:45pm

Antoine from France

Bonjour Sunder. Superb photos. Colors are very beautiful. Have a great day Sunder.

30 Sep 2010 7:55pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

He's hard at work, nice shot

30 Sep 2010 8:14pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A great documentary. Thanks so much for the interesting info. 3 Great shots with perfect lighting

30 Sep 2010 8:19pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran


30 Sep 2010 8:56pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful presentation !! good work !
friendships !

30 Sep 2010 10:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Only a week to weave eight yards! That guy must work long hours. Great images of this interesting craft.

30 Sep 2010 10:22pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Very interesting and wonderful composition! beautiful color and detail documentary! What a wonderful creation!

30 Sep 2010 10:37pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Thank you for this compilation, Sunder. Beautiful and rich light and color.

30 Sep 2010 10:38pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

excellent documentary

30 Sep 2010 10:40pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Beautiful and such a joy to see 2nd hand. : ) gorgeous colors and a great documentation of this art.

30 Sep 2010 11:14pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente presentación de este trabajo artesanal!!

30 Sep 2010 11:37pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

It's really interesting, colorful and amazing, Bravooo. : )))

30 Sep 2010 11:55pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Very interesting collage ! Beautiful colors and details.

1 Oct 2010 1:14am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Sweet colours. Nice little document.

1 Oct 2010 4:33am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Love this documentation. Wonderful portrait of this man at his work!

1 Oct 2010 5:37am

Leanne from Australia

fabulous series of shots, love the top one of the guy working.

1 Oct 2010 8:02am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

good work :)

1 Oct 2010 11:13am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

well documented! I like your choice of shots you´ve put in here, the material, the tools, and the actual working process. Good job!

2 Oct 2010 8:42am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Wow that loom is huge. Great to see this being done by hand.

2 Oct 2010 11:39pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Exceptional work !

3 Oct 2010 5:34pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautifully captured and very interesting

6 Oct 2010 5:58am