Sari weaving, Western India
Photographer: Narayen, Shivashanker
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of sari weaving at Maharashtra in Western India, taken by Shivashankar Narayan in c. 1873, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This image, is probably one of the series of views showing the processes of the manufacture of cotton fabrics shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873. The weaver sits on the verandah of a house with his legs in a type of hole which contains the lower portion of the machinery which he works with a pedal at his feet. The combs are supported by ropes attached to beams in the roof. In his right hand the weaver holds the shuttle, which contains the thread which passes through the spaces created by the combs, forming the pattern. The principal comb is held in the left hand.