Project LooM

Portrait of a Weaving Unit in Gujarat

The little-known Ashavali cluster in Ridrol, Gujarat

The beauty of India is that every weaving cluster is special, every cluster does something so totally unique and yet is so tied to the land. So too with Ashavali.

I am not proud to admit this but as a South Indian, I knew very little about Ashavali. In my defense, it is perhaps like asking someone in Bhuj if they know the intricacies of Molkalamuru.

Local Ashavali weavers state with pride that Ashavali brocades laid the foundation for brocades in India, that weavers travelled from here to Benaras.

History of Ashavali

Brocades named as kinkhabs (or khinkhabs) originated in a village named Ashaval, situated on the banks of Sabarmati river, gradually became popular as Ashavali brocades, one of the finest brocaded silks of medieval times.

The land was first called Ashapalli or Ashaval till around the 8th century.

Around the 11th century, Karnadev I, the ruler of Anhilwara (now called as Patan), defeated Bhil, the king of Ashaval and established a city called Karnavati.

In 1411 AD Sultan Ahmed Shah conquered the city. Legend has it that while the Sultan was camping in the banks of the Sabarmati river, he saw a hare chasing a dog and was impressed by this act of bravery. This shall be my capital, he said. And it will be named after me as Ahmedabad.

Gulf of Cambay (Khambat) was an ancient port near Ahmedabad.

According to the book, The Cultural History of Gujarat, silk-weaving was exquisitely done, both with and without gold thread, in Surat, Ahmedabad and Cambay.

Tavernier says, that of the 22,000 bales of raw silk produced at Kasim bazaar, the 10,000 bales or thereabouts which remained in the country after meeting foreign demands were brought to Gujarat for being woven into silk fabrics. That’s about half the silk of the country.

The Mird-ul-Ahmadi refers not less than three times to the manufacture, in royal workshops at Ahmedabad, of the most expensive velvet pavilions and canopies worth a lakh of rupees, each of which were sent on great occasions to the court of the Emperor, and erected on the palace-grounds. Surat, especially, was famous for its silk and gold carpets. Besides these, satins, taffetas and patolas (silken stuff, and all embellished with flowers) were made in great quantities at Surat, Ahmedabad and Patan.

Gujarat in the middle ages was the centre of the silk trade.

Related posts

The Dance of the Dye

Shoba Narayan

Bandhini: Part 1: History and geography

Shoba Narayan

Discover more khadi

Shoba Narayan


Rastrear Celular March 29, 2024 at 12:22 am

Localize por meio do software de sistema “Find My Mobile” que acompanha o telefone ou por meio de software de localização de número de celular de terceiros.

Rastrear Celular March 31, 2024 at 9:51 am

A compatibilidade do software de rastreamento móvel é muito boa e é compatível com quase todos os dispositivos Android e iOS. Depois de instalar o software de rastreamento no telefone de destino, você pode ver o histórico de chamadas do telefone, mensagens de conversa, fotos, vídeos, rastrear a localização GPS do dispositivo, ligar o microfone do telefone e registrar a localização ao redor.

vpn coupon code 2024 April 9, 2024 at 11:50 am

Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I
was wondering your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to swap solutions with other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

My page; vpn coupon code 2024

vpn special coupon code 2024 April 10, 2024 at 9:40 pm

Thanks , I have recently been looking for info approximately this
subject for a while and yours is the greatest I have found out so far.
However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you sure about
the source?

Feel free to visit my website – vpn special coupon code 2024

безплатен профил в binance April 22, 2024 at 1:12 pm

Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me.

facebook vs eharmony to find love online May 16, 2024 at 2:25 am

What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively useful and it has helped me out loads.

I hope facebook vs eharmony to find love online contribute &
assist other users like its helped me. Great


Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. I Agree More Info