Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
A loom that uses three shuttles to create sarees with a dense weave and solid colours. It utilises two shuttles for the weft of the side borders, in the same colour as the border warp, and one shuttle for the field of the same colour. The border shuttles are passed through the warp and interlocked with the weft of the central field. A highly labour-intensive process, creating a saree on this loom requires two skilled weavers working simultaneously over several days. Notable Indian textiles that utilise this technique are the Kotpad saree of Odisha, the Gadwal saree of Telangana and the Kancheepuram saree of Tamil Nadu.