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Begun

Rs. 1,700 Rs. 1,800
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Excerpt:

She had that ruggedness that only people who work in the fields can have. Her tiny vegetable farm became the perfect backdrop for love to blossom. As the city bred guy discovered the charms of this village belle, the beetroots turned a shade darker. As he helped her stack up the fresh Brinjals, the purple cupids made their hands ‘accidentally’ brush against each other and beamed at a job well done! This striking combination of deep purple with a thin green border in our made-in-heaven mul is a total winner!


Description:

"The mul cotton is what we call ‘made in heaven’ at Suta. Known in West Bengal as mul mul, the
fabric is what can be categorised as muslin cotton. It is believed that this fine method of weaving
cotton can be traced back to even before the Indus valley civilization. What makes this fabric special
is the almost magical process of weaving it. Cotton fibres are separated and spun into strong
threads. The lightest and the most delicate fibres are separated and are then spun into muslin
thread. These are then woven into fabrics by skilled weavers. The history of muslin weaving is a
beautiful chapter in the history of Indian textiles. The process of the yore was much more complex
and involved many unique tools that look primitive but worked like magic. The upper jaw of a catfish
was used to initially clean the cotton before spinning. To separate the lightest fibres, a Dhunkar (a
bamboo bow) was used, which when strung in a distinctive way made the lighter fibres rise above
the heavier ones. This process gave the title ‘woven air’ to the muslin fabric. Weavers famously
wove on looms that were at ground level and operated the looms from pits dug in the ground. Even
during the Mughal era, the muslin fabric was seen as a symbol of power for its finesse. History is full
of anecdotes to prove the awe that the muslin fabric generated. Emperor Aurangazeb is said to have
chided his daughter Zeb-un-Nisa for appearing naked in the court when in reality she had been
wearing several layers of the muslin cloth! Such was the fabric’s delicateness. The almost invisible
fabric had made an Arab traveller in the 10 th century remark that the degree of fineness is such
that a garment can be drawn through a ring of a middling size. During the British colonisation and
even during the Mughal rule, the art of weaving muslin took a hit as weavers were treated poorly
and drought hit many of the weaving centres. As a result, today, the process of weaving has seen a
lot of change. Nevertheless, the essence of it hasn’t changed and the charm of the fabric still
remains."

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