A look at the Khes, Gyasar, Kotpad and Tussar traditions from India
With over a hundred thousand people engaged in both the weaving and the pre and postloom activity the economy of Banaras remains inextricable connected to the loom. The continuing familial handloom traditions with weaves whose structures, techniques and physical quality remains related to the past can be seen across the city and its surrounding villages. Where hereditary weavers strive to achieve a balance between the preservation of the established while innovating and adapting textures and patterns to the times and changing clientele.
With cheaper synthetic clothing available, the patronage of the Dhruva and Muria tribes is now limited to celebratory times. In an effort to stem the decline Jagabandhu Samrath and Purushattom Samrath and the eighteen remaining weaving households in Kotpad have successfully explored new markets and expanded their repertoire.
Craft Revival Trust