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Asu machine to aid weavers of tie and dye sarees

In what may help relieve weavers from 8-9 hours of labour everyday, an innovator has created an 'Asu' machine to ease the process of making a 'tie and dye' silk saree in Pochampally tradition. The machine, called Laxmi Asu machine by Mallesham in Andhra Pradesh, has brought in a revolution in the weaver community with the women of the community, who were hitherto engaged in the manual Asu process, encroaching the male bastion by learning to weave on looms like men. Usually, the process of making a tie and dye' silk saree in Pochampally tradition begins with the selection of silk thread. ...