Panja Weaving

Crafts, Handlooms, Art

Panja Weaving: Process and Technique


Panja weaving forms part of India's glorious weaving tradition. This craft is mostly used for making durries, light woven rugs used as floor covering. The craft gets its name from a metallic claw-like tool called panja in the local dialect, used to beat and set the threads in the warp. CARPET PRODUCTION IN INDIA Today carpets are produced in:
  • Jammu and Kashmir (Persian designs),
  • Ladakh (Tibetan designs)
  • Delhi (carpets as well as durries)
  • Rajasthan: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and Barmer
  • Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior
  • Uttar Pradesh: Mirzapur and Bhadohi (where 90 per cent of all carpets of country are produced)
  • North-eastern states: Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Manipur (Tibetan designs)
  • Andhra Pradesh: Warangal and Elluru
  • Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
Regions specially known for Durrie making in India are:
  • Haryana and Punjab, particularly Panipat in Haryana is famous for panja durries
  • Tamil Nadu: Salem durries in Bhavani
  • Karnataka: Jamkhan durries in Navalgund
  • Andhra Pradesh: Bandha or ikat durries in Warangal
  • Rajasthan: Jaisalmer and Barmer for woollen durries
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