The traditional jamkhanas woven here have types like Pagaddi Atte (Shatranj), Bada phool jamkhana (Geometrical floral motif), Ek mor Jamkhane (1 peacock), Chaar mor jamkhana (4 peacocks), Jainamaz (Muslim praying rug). With the legacy of several generations of manufacturing the Navalgund durries, their specifications and procedure of manufacture are well documented.
Navalgund Durries, also known as gymkhanas or "jamkhanas" in local Kannada language, were initially made by a group of weavers of Bijapur who were living on the Jamkhan Gali during the reign of Ali Adil Shah. During the war between the Adil Shahs and the Vijayanagar empire, the Jamkhan weavers seeking a safe place to pursue their trade, migrated to Navalgund, initially to trade in pearls but instead settled down in the town, established looms and weaved durries.
The name of the town, ‘Navalgund’ means the “hill of peacocks.” This place was famous for our national bird and was later incorporated as a part of the pattern in the jamkhana, which are famous for their colorful designs of peacocks. Jamkhana in local language means floor mats which are widely used as floor coverings for decorations.
It is flat, weaved floor coverings made of twisted cotton yarn which are called durrie placed on certain occasions like weddings, personal ceremonies, religious gatherings and other special occasions.
Size: 4ft x 7ft
Specifications: Warp & Naturally dyed Cotton Yarn
This durrie has been registered for protection under the Geographical indication of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. In 2011, it was listed as "Navalgund Durries" under the GI Act 1999 of the Government of India with registration confirmed by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks under Class 27 vide application number 61 of 27 June 2011.
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