Once worth their weight in gold, the fine Muslin Jamdanis of Bengal almost vanished from looms. What happened & how was this prized weave revived? Catch our new series ‘Heritage Matters’, where we look at the people and institutions who are working to save our heritage.
It’s been one of the most sought-after semi-precious stones since antiquity. Prepare to be enthralled as we trace the story of lapis lazuli from the Sar-e-Sang Valley, the Ajanta Caves, the Ateliers of Renaissance Italy to the court of Imperial Russia.
For more than two millennia, Indian muslin, described as ‘woven air’ and ‘evening dew’, was worth its weight in gold. Where did it come from and did the weavers really have their thumbs severed? Here’s an account of how this near-invisible fabric enchanted the world