Ethnic Textiles of Gujarat

Tangaliya Shawl of Gujarat

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A Tangaliya Shawl is a handwoven, GI protected shawl and textile made by the Dangasia community in Gujarat, India.

The 700-year-old indigenous craft is native to the Surendranagar district, of Saurashtra-region of the state.

Traditional variations like Ramraj, Charmalia, Dhunslu, and Lobdi are woven in village clusters of Dedara, Vastadi, Godavari and Vadla in the district.

The textile is usually used as shawl and wraparound skirt by women of the Bharwad shepherd community of the WankanerAmreliDehgamSurendranagar,Joravarnagar, Botad

Bhavnagar and Kutch areas.

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The shawls are woven in pit looms at homes and knot a contrast color thread with the warp, which are woven into the textile to create the effect of raised dots, which have become the signature style of the textile.

Besides dots, several, geometric patterns like circles, straight lines, hyperbolic or parabolic designs etc.are also created.

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GI status for Tangaliya

It is the story of the revival of a dying indigenous craft that evolved in Saurashtra around 700 years ago.

The Tangaliya shawl — which uses a unique weaving technique and was almost on the verge of extinction — has been given GI (Geographical Indications) recognition by the Central government.

It is among the few handicrafts of Gujarat — others being Sankheda furniture, agate of Cambay, and Kutch embroidery — to get this recognition.

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Produced mainly by the Dangasia community for their own use, this craft remained unnoticed for years. Lack of exposure further pushed poor artisans into oblivion.

To support them, Tangaliya Hastkala Association was formed with the help of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar in 2007.

This association has a membership of 226 artisans spread over five villages.

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It is a unique weaving technique comprising motifs made of ‘Danas beads.

Read more at:

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“A country remains poor in wealth both materially and intellectually if it doesnot develop its handicrafts and its handicrafts & handloom industries. It lives a lazy parasitic life by importing all the manufactured articles from outside”.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Spread India's Glorious Cultural & Spiritual Heritage

By Mala Chandrashekhar

Though academically trained in modern Western Sciences, Blogger Mala Chandrashekhar is a crazy maniac of India's ageless, timeless ethnic arts, crafts & textiles. The rich & glorious cultural & spiritual heritage of India is a subject extremely dear to her heart, and the whole of this Blog has been dedicated to spreading the immortal glories of ancient India worldwide, to every nook & corner of the globe, through these simple Blog-posts. Any constructive criticisms & suggestions in this regard for improvement of the Blog 'MOST WELCOME'. Also, High-Quality Guest Blog-posts 'MOST WELCOME". LinkedIn Profile :

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