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At 48, Manju Ben Parmar has been weaving for nearly half her life. The cluster lead for a group of Tangaliya weavers, her job is to encourage more participation among the members. Tangaliya or Daana weaving is a craft unique to the Dangasia community of Surendranagar, Gujarat which, in recent times, is being revived by the government. Manju Ben and her family are among a small group of weavers living in the district who continue to engage in this 700-year-old weaving tradition.
While speaking about her first experience with weaving, she recalls how her father had been reluctant to teach her. But being the only girl with five brothers did not have any bearing on Manju Ben who was determined to learn the craft and so she would hurry through the day’s chores and join her father in front of the loom every night to watch him work. Sigani village where she lived with her parents was famous for its Tangaliya craft; the fine workmanship evident in the exquisite shawls that her father wove.
For all his reluctance, he taught her well. Today, she works on complicated patterns without anyone’s assistance. She also supervises her brother-in-law’s work and is helping him improve his weaving skills. “She is a much better weaver than I am, ” said Hasu Bhai of his wife who mainly works on stoles.
In Gujarat's Surendranagar district, traditional craft brings in a living for many. Manju Ben Parmar is one of them. She is a weaver by trade and operates a loom out of her home as is the custom among weavers. She lives with her husband (also a weaver), three sons and a daughter. In spite of their circumstances, they have managed to provide good education for their four children. 45-year-old Manju has worked hard on her old loom and the time has come to have it replaced. She wishes to avail a loan of Rs.30000/- through Rang De to purchase a new loom.
This would enable her to continue working as a weaver and contribute to her family's income. Weaving is a time-consuming process. A single hand-woven saree can take more than a week to complete. It requires a great deal of skill and patience and these qualities are evident in Manju. Your investment towards her loan can help her in buying a new loom and ensure that her livelihood is not disrupted.
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