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Article: Handloom Blues-Kramshah (क्रमशः)

Handloom Blues-Kramshah (क्रमशः)

Typically, a handloom banarasi saree is not made in factories. While as manufacturers we provide all the resources, yarns, and designs, many of our weavers prefer to weave at their respective homes as per their own free will and timing. Often this makes for very interesting conversations.

Written in common weaving jargon in a repetitive blues tone, Kramshah (क्रमशः) is one such light-hearted exchange where I ask Jumman, one of our house-weavers, on the status of a saree he is weaving for us.  A humorous take on unanticipated delays in handloom weaving, the conversation also outlines the steps involved namely warp setting, yarn dying, graph making, card punching and, finally, weaving.

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क्रमशः

का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, तानी तना गई है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।। 

दुई-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, बाना रंगा गवा है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।। 

चार-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, नक्सा खींचा गवा है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।।

छः-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, पत्ता कटा गवा है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।।

सात-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, नलिया भरा गई है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।।

आठ-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
का कही उम्मन भईया, तनिया पे बिलईया कूद गई, दूसर तानी लगाए पड़ीये।।

दस-रोज़ बाद
का हो जुम्मन मियाँ, तोरी सड़िया कब तक बिनइये।
बस उम्मन भईया, तानी तना गई है, आठ-दस रोज में पुजा जइये।।

क्रमशः

 
(तोरी : your; बिनइये : woven completely; सड़िया : Saree; पूजा जइये : will be ready; तानी : warp; नक्सा : design graphs; पत्ता : jacquard cards; नलिया : weft bobbins; बिलईया : cat)

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1 comment

Oh my God! Is this true? So funny and so true to India.

Bhavana Kansal

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