These famed techniques of intricacy and delicacy were no longer in use since the weavers found them economically unfeasible. Having convinced the weavers to disclose these techniques used by their ancestors, the next step was to actually produce pieces with these techniques. Understandably the weavers were apprehensive about how customers would respond to these old weaving techniques. Another fear was that the fabrics would cost much more since the weaving required tremendous patience, painstaking labour and long hours thus increasing the selling price of the fabric. The weavers were very reluctant to begin with the project till assured patronage was available.
It was clear that such
a discerning clientele could be found if only people knew enough about
these textiles and demand could be created for these treasures. Thus
Tantuvi came into being as an outlet in January 1998 to display the
cream of Indian traditional weaves using ancient designs and historic
It also ensures that the aesthetically inclined buyer has an opportunity to indulge her penchant for these beautiful woven works of art. It is true that Tantuvi pieces carry a premium but then you cannot find these in ordinary stores and boutiques. Then again, we believe, it is a very small price to pay for being able to preserve our age old heritage and weaving skills.
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