At the Valji loom, in a room crowded with yarn everywhere the eye meets, a solitary woman is swiftly moving her wand or ‘kadani’ over a wooden frame called chaukta. She’s preparing the warp thread, putting together a bundle of exactly 1600 threads of 50 meters each that will be used to create a 39 inch width shawl. It will take her six hours of work for about two days to finish the job. Yarn is also prepared into a spindle by some. The yarn comes from Bhujodi, Ludhiana, Rajasthan and Ahmedabad and includes desi and acrylic wool (Marino and local wool), sutar, silk, dori and cotton each used to make an end product catering a different customer.