About the Film

A non-fiction film on the journey of the age-old craft of Ply-Split Braiding with the master-braider, Erroll Pires Nelson and his successor, Shubhra Singh.

Ply-Split Braiding is a lesser known textile-making craft traditionally used to make camel belts by camel herders in parts of Rajasthan & Gujarat. 

 

Often, these lesser known crafts are never known to us!

 

The documentary film would attempt to show the journey of this craft and the magical lives touched by it. The craft which was limited just to camel belts has evolved with time and taken many shapes and forms. It has allured many folks across the world for its exquisiteness, simple and at the same time very complex weaving and the boundless creativity that it can bring in. The film shall also try to showcase the transcending nature of the craft.

 

 

The film intends to touch the creative souls and opening up of more avenues for its growth.

Your contribution would be immensely helpful in taking this unique craft

to far and wider places through this film.

 

Or contribute using

UPI ID:

9558230605@paytm

Bank Transfer (NEFT/RTGS):

Navtika Sharma

HDFC Bank, Chandkheda, Ahmedabad
Bank Account Number: 10831460001736
IFSC Code: HDFC0001083

 

Budget

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31 % Raised
Rs. 1,45,286 of Rs. 4,60,000

 (including all channels of contribution)

updated 00:51 IST on 4th August, 2021

 

Makers

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Navtika Sharma

Director | Editor

Navtika Sharma is currently pursuing Video Editing at FTII, Pune and holds a B.Tech degree in Petroleum Engineering from PDPU, Gandhinagar.

 

She has edited short fiction and short non-fiction works, one of them - “The Heartbroken Lover” by Ridhima Sharma - being recently awarded the ‘Gold Award for Best Film (Non-Fiction)’ in the PSBT Film Challenge 2020-21.

She believes sparking an emotion is an intimate thing that one can do with one’s skill, and film-making gives her an opportunity to do so.

She enjoys spending her leisure time reading, watching films, painting and attempting (also read as failing) to learn musical instruments. 

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Payas R. Talreja

Cinematographer

Payas R. Talreja is a graduate from Symbiosis in Films and Television. He went on to further his craft at FTII, Pune in Cinematography. 

Payas has filmed for: Loreal, India Bike Week, Lakme, Gillette, Isuzu, Global Desi, Anushka Sharma and several others. He has worked on over 100 projects independently. 

 

His short fiction film "Fluck" by Jayesh Joshi was selected in an International Competition Section of CineMAiubit ISFF 2020, Romania being the only Indian film entry for the festival.

 

His advent to visual imagery initiated at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts where he discovered the fundamentals of Photography, under the guidance of classical fashion maestro Nitin Rai.

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About the Craft

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Camel belts, locally called tang, are highly patterned straps used to hold camel saddles firmly at its place. These crafted pattern straps are even used to decorate camels for wedding processions. The traditional camel belts are made of yarn obtained from local goats and constructed by the ply-split technique. This craft is generally practiced by the members of camel-herding community in  and around Jaisalmer & Kutch.

Ply- split braiding is a technique just like weaving, only instead of going over and under, one is working with multi-ply cords and splitting those cords and going through and around them. Repeating this process multiple times creates a dense fabric that can hold its shape. Nowadays, contemporary braid makers use a variety of yarns such as cotton, linen, hemp, silk, paper, or rayon. The same technique can be used to make vessels, sculptural forms, garments, etc.

The technique can be used to make two and three dimensional pieces with a seemingly endless variety of patterns without a need of lot of accessories. The only tool of the trade is a hooked-needle — the gunthani made by the braiders themselves out of locally available soft wood. Flattened at one end to a broad point, it is drilled with a hole for the yarns that pass through it. 

Your contribution would be immensely helpful in taking this unique craft to far and wide places through this film.

Or contribute using

UPI ID:

9558230605@paytm

Bank Transfer (NEFT/RTGS):

Navtika Sharma

HDFC Bank, Chandkheda, Ahmedabad
Bank Account Number: 10831460001736
IFSC Code: HDFC0001083

PHOTOS

TOP IMAGE : garlandmag.com "ABOUT THE CRAFT" :  Photo by Peter Collingwood; talesalongtheway.com

SOURCES

Wikipedia ; Deccan Herald ; Fisher Art Studio

 

Contact

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