Upholding a century old weaving traditions:
The rustic realities of Champa Weavers
Coming from a humble background, Krishna Devangan belongs to the Devangan community of Champa in Chhattisgarh. Known for their age old weaving occupation, the Kosa Silk woven by this community is said to be the best variety of silk in the whole world. Drawn out of cocoons which are especially grown on specific trees known as Arjun, Saja and Sal trees, Kosa silk is popular far and wide for its sturdiness, softness and elegance. The production of a single metre of Kosa Silk is a painstaking process which becomes even more complicated due to the rarity of the Kosa worm. Considered very auspicious and sacred, a lot of caution is taken in weaving kosa silk under suitable, clean and tidy environment. For people cherishing the heritage of Chattisgarh, it is an ideal attire to be worn to weddings and religious ceremonies.
Ask him how and when did he start weaving kosa sarees? Krishna says, “This work of weaving Kosa fabric is been happening from our ancestors’ times and we have kept ourselves connected to it and have been doing ever since and will continue to do till the end of our lives, with complete dedication and honesty. The kosa silk woven by us is adorned on deities for it is pristine and holy. It is soft and light and is an ideal wear in any weather. It is popular in India and abroad alike. Manufacturers now are hiring our people and exporting the fabric made by them, be it saris or shirting, to various parts of the country like Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai and even overseas”.