The warping sequence and the weaving process of the Kusti - the sacred cord worn round the waist by Zoroastrians.
Kor Bhog means making parts or divisions of eight each. Each part is twisted so that it does not get mixed up with one another. These threads are placed on the palm and heavily twisted so that they form small twisted bundles. Weavers then keep the kusti for a whole day. Now the lar or the loose ends have to be washed with soap and water.
This process called Dhupvanu is completed using a small vessel made of pital or tamba (brass or copper) filled with ash or burning coal. This vessel is placed on the centre of the kusti. The vessel wrapped in white muslin cloth is placed in a part of the house where it is not touched. After about 10-15 minutes the vessel is opened and the bleached kusti is allowed to dry in the sun.
The craftswomen and weavers of Navsari who have shared their homes and skill with us, especially the cooperative spirit of Navaz and Erna Bamji over the years and the Late Katy Sorabji.
Parzor's first researcher, Ashdeen Lilaowala, then a student of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad did the first ever textile study of this Bronze Age Craft of Kusti Weaving in Navsari.
This research culminated into Threads of Continuity , co-authored by Ashdeen Lilaowala and Dr. Shernaz Cama available at http://unescoparzor.com/publication/.
The Late Vada Dastur Meherjirana of Navsari for explaining details of the symbolism and Late General Adi Sethna, Founder President, Parzor
Jonas Spinoy, Dushyant Mehta and Hemant Mehta, Rustom Havewala - Photography
Dr. Shernaz Cama, Director UNESCO Parzor
Vanshika Singh, Researcher, Parzor Foundation