ABOUT Abbas Khan & the School of Princely Textiles

Me with Alberto Bevilacqua

Me with Alberto Bevilacqua

I am a patron of the decorative arts- woven silk princely textiles are my favorite genre of the decorative arts. I have traveled to various places in the world to look at, study and research about fine princely textiles. I have cultivated my aesthetic over the years, visiting palaces and aristocratic residences of Europe and North America and been most thankful to museums for showing me the most fabulous princely textiles in their collections. My heritage of being raised in a former Indian princely family has undoubtedly given me an appreciation for culture and the decorative arts, in particular. My aim with this blog is to connect with textile artists all around the world who are interested in princely textiles and want to explore weaving complex structures on draw looms.

This blog is meant to be informational and given the nature & inherent constraints of labor (depending on very skilled weavers) , loom setup (drawlooms), precious metals (silver/gold yarn making), silk (hand spun), and intellectual effort (to plan projects), I am unable to do projects as freely & post instructions for home DIY. An organized setup is crucial to such a craft! I will be putting up opportunities for collaboration. Welcome to my blog !

If you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to do so on   a b k h a 8 2 at the rate of g m a i l (dot) com


4 thoughts on “ABOUT Abbas Khan & the School of Princely Textiles”

  1. very good! please go in touch with me

    • Thank you 🙂 – Is there any particular question you have? I can reply back here or you can email me on the email mentioned above in “ABOUT” – To keep spam away, i cant type the entire email address as one unfortunately else i will get a lot of spam email !! Or i can email you if you mention your email address here- whichever you prefer!

  2. Dear Sir, I read with interest you web page. Together with Dr Hulya tezcan formally curator of Textiles and Costume at the Topkapi Palace Museum Istanbul we are writing a book for BURSA Nubicipal which is as you may know as the famous Anatolian Turkish Silk producing city. I was very much interested in your discussion about draw loom weaving.Therefore I have a request! Do you have any images or photographs of the draw loom and in particular the patterning board or mechanism.or indeed any photos of silk processing and brokade weaving???

    I was interested to learn that you suggest there were Indian Draw looms, Indo-Persian and Persian draw looms; could you elaborate.???

    I remain respectfully yours IAN PADGETT MA (RCA)

  3. Hi Ian- The setups of draw looms differ regionally. The setup of the French drawloom is different to the setup of the Arabic drawloom which is different to the Persian setup which is different to the Swedish drawlooms presently used in the US or Sweden and all of these are different to the setup of the Chinese drawlooms . There are advantages and disadvantages of using one or the other and neither is superior or inferior. Youll need to contact the CIETA in France (LYON) to ask them about the French drawloom setup, the Lisio Foundation in Florence so maybe they elaborate about the Italian drawloom setup. If you want the Indian drawloom setup youll need to read up “The Indian Drawloom & Its products written by Rahul Jain” Youll find pictures and diagrams in that publication written for the Textile Museum Journal, Washington, USA in the 90s. If you want to know more about the Chinese drawloom setup youll need to contact the Silk museum in China- Dr Zhao Feng is the right person there!

    I cant remember all the differences at the top of my head now but one of the notable features of the Indo-Persian drawloom is that there is no comber board which is present in the other setups. This lack of comber board allows for ease of re arrangements of pattern leashes mid way through weaving so as to allow variations in pattern repeat (changing direction of pattern repeat). But again the other regional draw loom setups would allow you to do the same pattern just with a different approach to planning the pattern repeat… so its really a matter of taste & preference too! however, if one wants to change the direction of repeat on a draw loom with a comber board mid way through weaving (French drawloom, Chinese draw loom etc have a comber board as far as i know) re threading a comber board would not be possible & no one would attempt this approach for changing the direction of pattern repeat while weaving… so they would just plan differently… Hope iv explained fairly well so far! Please read Rahul Jains publication for the TM Journal. I have mentioned ALL sources where youll get the information. I do not write books and i dont have all of this information readily available but i have read about the various setups from the sources that i mentioned above! Hope this helps.

    Feel free to send me an email in case you have more questions- the address is mentioned in the paragraph under”About Abbas Khan…”.

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