Passionate about Jamdani, Gaurang’s first international venture was with Dhakai Jamdani in Bangladesh, in its place of origin. An enduring human craft, these sarees are highly ornate hand woven drapes and aptly described as the wind, the sky, the smoke, the dew, resembling a snake skin and running water.
Continuing to incorporate new techniques into its spread from introducing contrasting monotones of white-on-white, Gaurang expanded its palette into colourful, vibrant forms making his Sarees timeless heritage masterpieces. And while Jamdani began as cotton muslin, his skilful weavers have seamlessly incorporated threads of silk, silver, gold and more to create many fascinating iterations rendering his Sarees as highly ornate handwoven drapes.
Jamdani, being labour intensive and complex weaving, demands great mastery because the loom does not include any paper or graph for reference. Instead, the weaver relies entirely on memory and skill to create motifs, performing complex mental calculations to keep count of thread and add the Jamdani weft. On a usual day, a Jamdani weaver weaves between a quarter and one inch of fabric. This means a weaver could spend more than two years weaving one Jamdani saree.