Our next stop was to learn about the Himroo style. This was introduced by the Moghuls and it means "similar" or repetitive. The same designs are used over and over and basically copied. There is no variation. As with most hand weaving processes in India, most of the looms are in the homes of the women who work them. We did see some men weaving but for the most part, it is the women who do it. The piece is woven on a throw shuttle loom and has an extra weft. These are brocades. They can be made with a cotton warp using silk or silk type weft, or all silk. The resulting piece has a sheen to it. Designs are geometrical and floral. The designs all have to be pre-decided as the loom is set up because of the extra weft. They are mostly used for the home or shawls and large throws. This link will show you some of the typical designs..
link that shows some of the styles... they are endless. I went to town here! I bought some with silk long tunics with hand embroidery and coordinating pants and matching Dupati. I bought cotton tunics with cotton leggings, I bought some with silk tunics and cotton pants. I bought silk tunics with silk pants and silk dupati. By U.S. prices, these were dirt cheap. For some of the 3 piece outfits in silk, I could not even buy a pair of slacks here. The photo here is a cotton one with contrasting borders sewn in with embroidery on the yoke and leggings. Scarf was mine that I already owned. The 2 pieces were less than $25.00. I splurged on some with 3 pieces made of silk for the princely sum of $100.00. I will take some pictures in the next few days of some of the others.
Mumbai (Bombay) and Aurangabad are in the state of Maharashtra. Ahmedabad is in Gujarat... a place I want to return to as it is a large textile area. From here we are going to go to Rajasthan.