Preparations underway for anticipated business during the the kite flying season during Sankranthi.
[Source of text below : http://www.drachen.org/pdf/KitesinIndia.pdf]
Manjha making is a traditional skill which is handed down over generations and families jealously guard their secret
recipes for the manjha paste.
The basic ingredients are powdered glass (crushed tube lights are supposedly the best!), some colour and a binding agent – generally a cooked paste of wheat or rice flour. To this each manjha maestro adds his own secret ingredients – and everybody claims that his manjha is the best!
The cotton thread is strung in eight or ten strands between two poles and the manjha maker walks up and down the length with the paste in his hands, finely coating the threads at each pass until the desired effect is achieved. The thinner, or 6 ply thread manjha, is generally preferred for its suppleness over the thicker 10 ply which might be used in stronger winds.
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