We went on a tour this morning of Varanasi which ended touring the Mughal portion of the town.

This is home to a large population of workers producing saris using jacquard style looms driven by punched card. Depending upon the complexity of the pattern and it’s repetition, a sari could be made up of up to 39,000 punched cards, all hand built and joined together.

If lace manufacturers are having a hard time finding skilled people to make their punched cards, then they could do worse than looking here.

Alfie tries his hand
From punched card to sari fabric
One of the 793 workers in the Varanasi collective
Defining your pattern with punched card

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