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Mashru was produced in a number of facilities in India. Lucknow, Daryabad and Fayzabad in Uttar Pradesh and Samna in Patiala were renowned for varieties of mashrus like sangi, galta, gulbadan and susi. Other centers of successful mashru manufacturing were Bengal, Tatta in Sindh, Coromandel coast, Tanjore, Trichinopoly, Madurai in Tamilnadu, Aurangabad, Varanasi in North India. Mashru has different names according to their layout, colour, weave, or location of manufacture. Well known forms are alacha, qatni, gulbadan, susi, galta and sangi. Gujarat was famous because of its alacha and qatni variety. The production of mashru started falling from the late 19th century. The Mashroo textile was woven for Muslim communities, who believed that silk should not touch a individual's skin. Crafting a solution that enabled people to honor this belief whilst still looking dressed in the best clothing, weavers mixed silk and cotton threads to make a cloth which has been simple cotton on both sides and rich silk on the other. The significance of Mashroo is "this is allowed." The port city of Mandvi is in the middle of Mashroo legacy in Kachchh, historically creating luxurious bolts of the cloth that Muslims and Hindus loved. Mashroo helped weave communities together. The Ahir Patels (farmers) produced cotton, which was handspun and subsequently given the the weavers. Rabari and Ahir girls did embroidery and mirror work to make even more identifying variants of mashroo. Mashroo was a royal craft, produced in massive quantities until the 1900's for local elite and export markets. Till recently, the Maheshwari weavers practiced the craft. Today's Threads Nowadays, traditional mashroo weaving is on the brink of extinction.The clothing styles of the Kachchhi individuals have shifted, severing the initial neighborhood linkages. Mashroo cloth can be made by power looms today, which individuals prefer to the more expensive handmade mashroos. Using a declining export marketplace, mashroo weavers are utilizing cotton staple rather than silk to meet with the price needs of the national market. The original mashroo of silk and cotton, with its lush texture, isn't created anymore because the current market is no longer discerning and demanding because of it. Mashru loom Preserving a Future When Khamir was founded, many mashroo weavers were only aligned with one trader. Khamir created another space that encouraged weavers on the verge of giving up the craft. As an immediate measure, Khamir created a raw-material depot. We invited the artisans to operate frequently by buying their complete annual stock. With a complete inventory of mashroo, Khamir researched new markets through exhibitions, designers and sari providers. In time, weavers increased the palette of colours and integrated new layouts that comprised fusing different crafts such as leather. Currently there are 15-20 mashroo weavers, and also the amount of weavers adapting with Khamir is steadily growing, while understanding of this mashroo cloth is on the upswing. ProcessMashroo is stitched using a 7 to 12 peddle loom that demands the artisan to skillfully move their arms and hands in harmony.

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