Shyam Sundar Karan – the Master Weaver of Maniabandha.
Shri Shyam Sundar Karan of Mania Bandha is a master weaver who loves to innovate. He has a penchant for putting every design he sees into his intricate weaves. This has earned him accolades and numerous state as well as national level awards. With extensive knowledge of all types of handlooms he loves to mix weaving patterns to create unique pieces. Shyam Sundar, having been given the title of Shilpa Guru, conducts regular training for new weavers inspiring them to innovate and meet the current demands of the market.
On taking a shift from the traditional motifs found in the handloom weaving patterns of Odisha, our master weaver says, any thing seen tangibly or in imagination can be weaved intricately into a piece of cloth. That’s the beauty of the art. He says, to put a new design to weaving it takes anything between One to Three months. The design, seen as an object or imagined in thoughts, is put on paper first as a sketch.
Precise measurements of parts of figures in each sqaure of the graph paper is taken to work out the exact extent of colour pattern on the strands. Its kind of a mathematical process by which arrangement of colours on separate threads is worked out. One strand may have many colours. After numbering threads as per their placement along the breadth and length the tedious process of tie and dye as per the exact measurements starts. The area of the bundle of the thread intended to be dyed with a particular colour is left open whereas balance portion is tied with waterproof material, after which the dye is applied. Thereafter its a repaeat procedure for each colour as per measurements taken, before the strands are arranged for weaving in the handloom. Here the numbering of strands comes handy. The product is incredulous
For a lay man its difficult to fathom how the strands are arranged, dyed and then woven to get such beautiful patterns. Before we saw the process first hand, never had we imagined that the threads were coloured before weaving in such a mathematical and organised pattern.