KNOW­ING A REAL HAND­LOOM SARI

Friday - - In The UAE -

Effie Thomas, founder of the pri­vate Face­book group, Gulf Sa­rees Pact, who has stud­ied In­dia’s tex­tile her­itage quite a bit, ex­plains: ‘There are ways to dis­tin­guish be­tween au­then­tic silk and syn­thetic polyester fab­ric. But the fool-proof way is to burn a sin­gle fi­bre from the cloth. If the thread leaves a plas­tic-like residue be­hind, you know you have a sari made of polyester. But a thread that leaves no trace be­hind is proof that it is of pure silk or cot­ton fab­ric.

‘There are aes­thetic dif­fer­ences too. If you look care­fully, you’ll no­tice that hand­loom weaves, though metic­u­lous, are not al­ways even. In fact, that is one of the clas­sic fea­tures of hand­loom; the diminu­tive dif­fer­ence be­tween each thread.

‘A hand­loom sari will have minute holes along both sides of its length. Th­ese small holes are cre­ated when the weavers hock the sari on both sides of the loom. Th­ese holes will be ab­sent in a pow­er­loom-made sari.

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