Khesh Cotton Sarees

Khesh weaving is practiced in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. It is woven with a new set of warp which is either cotton or a combination of silk and cotton. The weft insertions compromise of recycled cotton sarees. The artisans collect old cotton sarees from the possible resources and cut them by a technique which they have mastered which gives them a number of strips from one saree. These cloth strips are then woven into the new set of warp and the fabric is called khesh. There are two types of saree where one is woven fully which is plain khesh and the other type has design part patched as it is extremely difficult to achieve that design through weaving.