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Deity: 60 Pairs Of Hands

Tuesday August 19, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department

Our new handmade fabric, Deity, honors three traditional textile crafts of India - Patola cutwork, Kantha embroidery and Shisha embroidery - distilling centuries of hand skills into the lengthy and painstaking steps that go into its production. To produce this incredible cloth, the Pollack studio worked closely with a woman from Delhi named Priyae Talwar. Priyae works with craftspeople from different regions to promote and sustain their native textile traditions. Deity is the culmination of 60 pairs of hands!

Here is a picture of a jali screen and it's shadows that the girls snapped on their trip - part of the inspiration for Deity


1. Delhi: The studio of Priyae Talwar finalizes Deity’s concept and design, and supervises all stages of production.

2. Varanasi: The traditional silk and cotton ‘Patola’ cutwork layer (pictured below) is woven and hand-clipped by groups of villagers in this ancient city. 

3. Delhi: The cutwork is sent to the studio in Delhi for additional clipping, inspection and cleaning; it is then basted to the silk ground cloth.

4. Rajasthan and West Bengal: In these western and eastern Indian states, groups of women gather in workers’ homes to sew the parallel rows of ‘Kantha’ running stitch embroidery.

5. Delhi: The layered and embroidered fabric returns to the studio for inspection.

6. West Bengal: The ‘Shisha’ mirrors are embroidered with hand-guided machines in this eastern Indian state.

7. Delhi: The completed fabric returns to the studio to be cleaned, ironed, packed and shipped to Pollack.


TAGS:  Deity, Jaipur collection, India, shisha, kantha


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