Hi! I am Musharraf Hussain, Kota Doria weaver. I was born in Kaithoon, District Kota, Rajasthan. My father’s name is Mr. Waris Hussain, and he is also a Kota Doria weaver.
Kota Doria Weaving Skills
Kota Doria weaving is our ancestral art and my family has been weaving clothes for about 60-70 years. Initially, my father and grandfather weaved khadi. Later they started making Kota Doria cloth. I learned to weave Kota Doria from my father.
Kota Doria Weaving Process
Kota Doria weaving is a very precise job. This fabric is famous for its lightweight and fine weave. I use silk, cotton, and zari-yarn to weave this fabric. It took at least a week to weave a simple 6-meter sari. The women of my family and neighborhood do embroidery, painting, and gota patti work on the fabrics woven by me.
I have formed a self-help group called “Kota Doria Handloom Sarees” so that more and more women can join this craft and make a living.
My expertise is in making Kota Doria sarees and suits.
I have 8-10 years of experience in this field.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have exhibited my products at various exhibitions like Hunar Haat in Mumbai, Urban Haat in Mysore, Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad. My grandfather’s products were once displayed by Bibi Russell, a renowned fashion designer from Bangladesh.
Training Programmes Conducted
Although I have never given proper training to anyone, many tourists from India and abroad come to me to see how Kota Doria is woven.
In the future, I would like my self-help group to join an organization like NABARD to make it easier for us to participate in exhibitions. I also want to register my handwoven fabrics for the “Indian Handloom Brand.”