The Story of Himroo

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During the reign of Mohammad Tughlaq, when he shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, an entire generation of craftsmen followed him during his adventurous journey. When Tughlaq decided to shift the capital back to Delhi, most craftsmen stayed back. Many of these weavers and craftsmen continued to supply textile products such as stoles, shawls and other linens to the royal households. Some Historian believe that Himroo weaving has roots in Persia, while many local historians seem to have a different view and suggest that Himroo has very little or no Persian influence. Kings and Queen during the medieval era had a huge stock of Himroo collections stashed away in their wardrobes. Renowned traveler Marco Polo was gifted a Himroo Shawl during his visit in the Deccan region. Marco Polo writes in his memoirs "It is as fine as a spider's web and Kings and Queens of any country will take pride in wearing it". According to the Textiles Association of India, Himroo was endorsed by the Nizam and Mughal nobility. The designs of every Himroo Shawl and Stoles carry with them some historical relics and remnants.

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Mr.Abdul Hameed Qureshi is considered to be the person who revolutionized the himroo weaving industry with his constant innovations.

The Technique

The production time for a single Himroo shawl is usually 10 to 20 days. Himroo shawls are designed on both, the traditional age old medieval loom that uses throw shuttle and the Jacquard loom which uses fly shuttle, by craftsmen that have an eye for detail. On the Jacquard loom the flying shuttle is used as it gives compact texture. Abdul Hameed Qureshi, a master crafstman, was mainly responsible for introducing the new Jacquard looms to Himroo weavers making life easier for them. All Himroo products are mostly produced on Jacquard looms now which has made the productivity higher and also increased the width of the fabric.

The fabric itself is an extra-weft weaving technique and a mixture of silk, cotton and silver or gold threads. Himroo weavers mostly weave in pure silver or gold. The patterns are florals with intricate geometric borders.