Sunday, July 5, 2015

121 - Balahi Dher by CHARLES.. GRANT

".............The city thread is spun by the families of the weavers and others, the best being produced by the Balahi (Dher) caste. A coarser thread is generally spun throughout the country by the women of almost every caste. It is woven into every description of common cloth by the Burhanpdr weavers, even the best of them, when out of fine work, having to take to the commoner stuffs........" page130-131


"...........The looms are somewhat elaborate in their gear, and difficult to work. The weaver has to serve a long apprenticeship before he becomes a skilled workman. High commendation and several prizes were awarded to specimens of these fabrics at the recent Exhibitions at Agra, Lucknow, Nagpur, Jabalpur, and Akola. The coarser fabrics consist of stout cotton-cloth, either white or dyed in various colours. The manufacture is carried on all over the district. Indeed there is hardly a considerable village that has not a number of persons engaged in this manufacture. The workmen are chiefly Dhers. The rest of the manufactures are unimportant, and may be dismissed in a few words. They consist of blankets, white and black, made from indigenous wool, tatpatti, or sacking, coarse basket-work, common pottery, and some creditable brass work consisting of lotas, katoras, and cooking utensils. These last, however, are made only in a very few towns."....page-330-331


And so on.... see ref.


Reference:
THE GAZETTEER OF THE CENTRAL PROVINCES OF INDIA.
EDITED BY CHARLES.. GRANT, Esq.,
Second Edition. 1870.
PRINTED AT THE EDUCATION SOCIETY'S PRESS, BOMBAY.


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