In 2016 while working on the Rajasthan Heritage Week showcase, Pavithra wanted to worked on an entirely handwoven saree that wasn’t kota. She decided to work with the Paatu shawl weavers. They had never woven sarees and their past attempt wasn’t very good so it took a lot of convincing to get them to give it another shot. The biggest barrier was the language, as Pavithra is not very conversant in Hindi. Changes were made to the loom and we gave them a finer yarn than they were used to. Design intervention was also done with the colour combinations, the use of checks, which was something they hadn’t done before; and playing around with their traditional motifs. You will see that all the motifs are created with extra weft and they are all hand picked individually. There are no jacquards and dobby used for the motif creation and they are created like one would do embroidery. Over the past few years we have done a total of 14 different designs with them and have introduced them to weaving even lungis. The saree is woven in a coarse cotton and doesn’t come with a blouse piece.