23 4 / 2012
We visited the village of Pochampalli, near Hyderabad, India, which is famous for yarn tie-dying and hand weaving. Although the old world techniques are still in practice after five hundred years, the number of skilled craftspeople is dropping drastically due to mass production by the mills. Many families are struggling as the 5th and 6th generation trained in this skill with nothing else to fall back on.
The following photos illustrate the process from silk strand to finished garment…
The tie-dye process…
Tie-dye finished and left to dry.
Several looms prepared and ready for weaving silk sarees.
This is the yarn-dye “laboratory”, outside of the work space.
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