My knowledge of weaving techniques is minimal \u2013 so I might be wrong in thinking that the Masru or Mashru loom is a complicated one. But the few looms that I have seen \u2013 back strap looms in Northern Thailand & North East India, the hand foot loom in Ryukyu and the suspended hand-loom in Tibetan refugee camps seem simpler than this one.\n\nPhotos taken on a trip to Kutch in 2007\n\n\nThe final product \u2013 masru \u2013 has silk on one side and cotton on the inside making it a combination of both yarns.\nWhy? Why was it necessary to have two layers \u2013 one facing the world and one facing the wearer? In the case of most mixed yarns the mixing is done by using one yarn as the warp and the other as the weft. So why was this different method adopted?\u00a0 Was it just for beauty? Was it just one more fashionable thing to make just because it could be done technically?\nApparently not.\nIt seems to be the result of a ruling that prohibited muslims from wearing any silk material on the skin.\nSo, in order to stay within this constraint and yet to be able to enjoy the qualities of silk,\u00a0 a new construction technique was cleverly created in which the inner layer is made of cotton and the outer layer is made of silk.\n\u00a0\n\nAnd so this wonderful fabric came into being.\nCreated in bright vibrant colors, this fabric is now popular with all communities in the Western state of Gujarat, India and yardage can be found in most cloth stores in Gujarat.\nThis fabric was once popular in Persia as well and is one more poignant example of migration of memes.\u00a0\nHere are two examples of old mashru \u2013 skirts from the Kutch region.\n\n[From the wovensouls collection]\njm\nJuly 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Mashru Loom appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.