Kachchh district (Kutch) is district of Gujarat state in western India. Covering an area of 45,612 km², it is the largest district of India.
Kachchh literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kachchh which is shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons.
The Rann ("salt marsh") of Kachchh has a total area of 18,000 sq km. The Little Rann of Kachchh extends northeast from the Gulf of Kutch over 5,100 sq km. Once an extension of the Arabian Sea, the Rann has been closed off by centuries of silting. During Alexander's time it was a navigable lake, but is now an extensive mudflat, inundated during the monsoons, salty and cracked otherwise. Settlement is limited to low, isolated hills.
Traditional industries & art in Little Rann of Kachchh include manufacture of Shawls, handicrafts, and silver items. There are currently 1,200 weavers who work in 210 villages of Kachchh, 800-900 practice the craft full time. Around 2,400 women are engaged in preparatory and finishing processes
The craftspeople belonging to this semi - desert land make Dhaba shawls. The shawls are yarned on the traditional loom using cotton and woolen yarns. Using threads, the design is put on the loom to shape up the product. The extracted water of rice or starch is used to wrap the desired colour directly on the loom. Traditionally the colours used are black, yellow, red, orange and green.
The number of threads is dependent on the design and is tied with pedals. Craftspeople carry out weaving the shawls using the "up and down" technique. The wool is collected from the sheep and the texture is rough.
I took this picture of the woman artisan weaving a shawl in an annexe of her house (loom workshop) in Bajana Village close to where we stayed.
The colourful Kachchhi shawls, have been woven with motifs by artisan communities for past several generations in Kachchh district of Gujarat. Claiming a 500-year-old history linked with the weaving of Kachchhi shawls in Gujarat, the Kutch Weavers' Association (KWA) has filed an application for grant of Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
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bukitgolfb301 (37982) 2011-09-03 1:52
Hi NAMSTE my dear Angshuman
Sorry for my late reaction!
This is a typical traditional old Indian image!
So clear and sharp presentation as always.
Slow shutter speed makes tatseful effect very much.
Thanks for sharing with your finest shot and have a good Saturday, Best regrads.
holmertz (45903) 2011-09-03 2:17
The combination of yellow, green and blue - with a sprinkle of pink - is very attractive. The woman's slightly blurred arms show that she is busy at work and we can also see from her face that she is concentrating hard at what she is doing. This is a quite instructive and well composed photo with well handled light.
elkab (4951) 2011-09-03 2:33
Amazing and atmospheric shot. Perfect composition. Beautiful light and colors. Interesting sharpness of details. Fine effect of low shutter speed
leo61 (0) 2011-09-03 2:44
You choosed a good angle to photograph this woman at work and I liike to see her hands in motion.The turquoise painted old wall reminds me to some shots I took at the fish market of Nyaung U (Bagan).And I`m happy to be there again in about three month.
Good shot with good bright colors and contrast.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-09-03 4:52
This image reminds me of my grandmother. She had a similar weaving machine at her house. She used to weave to make Kimonos. I still have one. Bright yellow colour spans across the machine is very effective. Countless numbers of threads are creating a timeless image. It is very comforting to know that lady like her is still working in a traditional way. Slight blur of her hands nicely present her at work. Low POV shows your kind approach. Closeness of your view towards the subject can be observed.
With my very best wishes, Angshuman-san,
Nicou (131294) 2011-09-03 7:32
elle est très concentrée la tisseuse, sueprbe iamge et compo quelc aptage, quelle scène de cet artisanne, fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
pierrefonds (60968) 2011-09-03 7:50
You have captured well the action of the woman on the weaving machine. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the action. The late afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
wolf38 (31284) 2011-09-03 9:34
Hello Angshuman. A photo from the world of work. Weaving is a traditional handicraft. In many countries around the world, I have been watching the weavers - even in India. I have read with interest the informative text. The color photo is very appealing. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-09-03 19:04
Very nice composed shot by this old age lady who is busy with her new creation...nice action shot catch...also like the texture of the green wall...
good exposure controlled with nice light management iside the house...nice color contrast & sharpness also...
Nice shot with very good information...have a nice weekend :)
danos (91014) 2011-09-04 0:25
nice the snapshot with the old artisan woman to weaving a shawl in loom workshop of her house.I like the contrast of the shawl's colours,the excellent light and colour management, as the excellent reportage shot from this loom workshop.
abmdsudi (47490) 2011-09-04 1:14
A good environmental portrait. I like the blend of matching colours and vibrancy in them having the weaving filling the space with the weaver well in place clearly engrossed in her profession. Looks an intricate piece of work, a great insight to a skilled craft worker, but the light under difficult lighting makes this looks so natural. Beautifully composed and the angle is perfect creating the diagonals, both in the threads and the loom with very good sense of motion. The ambient is so special and you really captured the mood and the technique involved pretty well. She is so-eyecatching and stands out so superbly and certainly 'in her element' with that colour. Great capture worth sharing and excellent infor notes. Congrats
Urs (14082) 2011-09-04 1:22
Weaving in Gujerat is an old tradition. Excellent POV showing how concentrated the woman is weaving a shawl. Vibrant colour hues and high sharpness. well done.
P.S. Most probably you would like Nakhon Si Thammarat, as there you still can find the Thailand of the 1980s. There also lives a Hindu community, respectively Brahmans responsible for all the royal ceremonies.
sevy (15367) 2011-09-04 2:04
This photo makes me think about the work of Steve Mc Curry, especially because of the color tones and their rendering.
Yes, a good photo showing the work of the lady but keeping and sharing a mood through the choice of the exposure time keeping a balance between sharp and movement.
Nard (6972) 2011-09-04 2:45
Splandid picture with this laby at work. I like the POV and the framing showing well the scene and the stunning colors. The both yellow give a beautiful contrast with the blue and green tones.
batalay (37195) 2011-09-04 15:17
Hello Mr. B,
The combination of gold, emerald green, and black sets off the flesh tones of the artisan. With the well researched note, this a first class photojournalism that I've come to expect from you, and I look forward to each time.
Have a good week,
dip (23844) 2011-09-04 23:39
a wonderful shot of the woman,I like the light you captured there,and the combination of yellow-blue and green tones,
well done,and thanks for sharing!
Graal (100482) 2011-09-05 0:11
nice portrait of woman by work. Good composition. I like the colours also. An interesting note. Solid photowork.
Have a nice day.
josepmarin (58007) 2011-09-05 2:40
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
it's a good capture inside this loom workshop, with an excellent management of the exposure, in a very sharp image, with a very natural colors.
This artisan woman weaving a shawl in the old loom gives us a good graphical information of the daily life in this area of your country.
It is a beautiful composition, full of life and of dynamism.
PS: I answer your question about my last post: yes, there are two large stork nests at both sides of the bell tower.
mkamionka (32835) 2011-09-05 6:37
fantastic portrait of the woman at work.
I like her hads beign slightly unsharp indicating quick movement. But the highlight are here the colors. It is so unusual and well saturated. I really like it, especially the cyan wall.
Very well done,
vasilpro (41161) 2011-09-05 8:08
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful traditionl scene, lovely light and vivid colors, excellent POV, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2011-09-05 11:36
A beautiful daily moment ith excellent colourful details. Perfect potrait of this traditional woman.
Excellent technique and result.
Have a nice evening,
Fis2 (90729) 2011-09-05 23:16
Good reportorial photo.
I like colours.
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-09-06 3:38
Ola Angshuman ,
Belo momento de foto diária com esta mulher a trabalhar neste tear , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
sacimar (26205) 2011-09-06 10:00
good image of this woman doing her work, it a colorful composition, I like the tones of the picture, details are excellent, it's a nice shot, well done,
emka (87416) 2011-09-06 23:31
namaskar dear Angshuman,
Very interesting note. The woman has a shawl on her head, is it similar to that she is weaving? I know about pashmina but I suppose it is different. Nice shot, I like how she is concentrated and her work and pay no attention to the disturbing photographer. Nice colours. The blurred hands give the dynamics to the scene.
npecanhuk (70734) 2011-09-07 5:48
A wonderful portrait of that working woman!
I specially enjoyed its colors, exposure, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2011-09-07 22:00
a nice daily life shot with the weaving woman. Like your composition. Considering the low light inside the room, I can say you managed the light very well. The motion blurr in the hands of her is nicely telling the story. Great work. Tfs.
Didi (59144) 2011-10-09 11:13
Very interesting local scene, very terrific ambiance of colours and good contrast between green and yellow; the lady has a natural expression.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56664)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-29
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Gujarat : Lesser Known Wonders
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-03 1:18