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This article was originally found in the September 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 10).

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Carole Douglas O n my first trip to Kachchh in northwestern India, well before the earthquake and any real knowledge on my part of traditional forms of weaving, I stopped the car in which I was travelling between Bhuj and Mandvi.

A sudden flash of black and white movement in a small blue concrete shelter caught my eye: I recently came across the transparency that holds this memory.

I did not know it then, but I had captured a rare image of an elderly Marwar Megwhal weaver creating a ply­ split camel girth, locally called tang, using desi (local raw) wool and goat hair...