Panja Weaving

Craft, Handloom, Art

Panja Weaving: Process and Technique

The AIACA

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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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