These are classical methods of stringing the Madurai malligai. The following drawing demonstrate the 'simple' method of tying the flowers (it's easy enough for you to try out, using the steps described here),
Continue to add pairs of flowers in the same way and repeat the process till the strand is of the length that you require. Insert the end of the thread through another loop, and tighten it. Leave a couple of inches of thread and cut it.
Many in Madurai — both men and women — earn their livelihood weaving these fragrant wisps of white into garlands. They weave the jasmine in a variety of designs, and as their imagination soars, it yields countless variations of unparalleled intricacy. The flower sellers of Madurai are famous for the expertise and speed with which they manage to weave their creations, and there are numerous styles of weaving, knitting and knotting the jasmine!
So why write a book on the jasmine? To begin with, I wasn't very clear about this, but after constant visits to the flower weavers, seeing them at work, ....Read More...
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