Kani weaving is believed to be an art indigenous to Kanihama and traced back to 3000 BC.
While the name 'Kani' comes from the area where this particular artisans come from, Kanihama, the word 'Kani' - in Kashmiri - also means a small wooden oblong spool.Kani sarees are made from pashmina on a handloom. The distinguishable, Mughal patterns, usually of flowers and leaves, are woven into the fabric like a carpet, thread by thread, based on the coded pattern called 'Talim'. The talim guides the weaver in number of warp threads to be covered in a particular colored-weft.Families who are in weaving Kani Sarees usually work patiently, working between 5 and 7 hours a day, in between attending to their household chores. Depending on the intricacy and complexity of the design being woven, an artisan can weave a maximum of one inch per day.Only the trained craftsmen are knowledgeable enough to weave Kani Sarees the right way. The techniques and knowledge have been transferring from forefathers to next generations. It is estimated that from the 10,000-odd kani weavers, only 2,000 are left today
Fabric- Kani pashmina as the name suggests Pashmina that are made on wooden loom with small sticks used as Bobbins, small and eyeless known as ‘Kani’ in Kashmiri to weave the shawl. This type of weaving is quite unique; designs are actually formed while weaving those using sticks reeled up on a wooden spoon with different threads of pashmina which are specially dyed with colors to be used in the particular pattern.
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