Pattu: The Traditional Indian Tunic with Beautiful Borders
Hand loomed in the city of Mangalgiri, the traditional South Indian cotton tunic is called a "pattu." The lightweight pattu is distinguished from the common tunic because of its contrasting metallic border. To weave a pattu, artisans use a special loom called a "pit loom". Fixed to the ground, this unique loom requires a pit below where the loom pedal is placed. The weaver traditionally sits on the floor and uses their hands and legs to weave the cotton fabric. An established element of India's rich tradition of craftsmanship, this intricate weaving process has been passed down for generations.