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Handlooms: Patti (Handwoven Local Tweed)

Local man wearing a Tweed coatPatti is a short- width local tweed, impervious to snow, rain and wind. This coarse fabric is made of sheep wool and is generally used for making coats and pants. For making 'cholas'(male gown), patti weaved of fine wool is used which is obtained from the first shearing of lamb.

Initially the people of Kullu used to weave Patti to fulfill the bare necessity of covering their body and protecting themselves of the severe cold. Menfolk wove out coats and suthan (pajamas) for themselves and the women used it as pattus . Men also made Caps out of Patti. Originally it was woven in natural wool colours of black, white and grey.

Better-quality worsted yarn is used for weaving local tweed. It is woven on the handloom and is 18'' or 20'' or 22''wide, having an apt length. In order to prevent it from furthur shrinkage it is heavily milled after weaving.

Price of Patti ranges from Rs. 200- Rs. 300 per meter.

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