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Gujarat State
Handloom & Handicrafts
Development Corporation Ltd.

Mashru

Mashru, is an old and admired hand woven textile craft form. This rare pattern which is now found only in Gujarat, is a mixed fabric woven with a combination of cotton and silk.

The shiny, satiny surface is woven in a combination of a pleasurable linear design imagery of waves overlapping in a tapestry of bright blossoming colors. Mashru patterns include ikat strips and dots. It often combines ikat patterns in stripes along with woven patterns through the introduction of the depression in extra warp threads, which is woven on a pit loom.

Today, Patan is one of the most important centers of Mashru. Mandavi (Kutch), however also has some Mashru weavers.