Also from Gujarat, the story of the Tanchois is an interesting one. I read somewhere that
K S Desai mentions in his book ‘A Zoarastrian Tapestry’ that Tanchoi is a word derived from
‘tan’ meaning three as Parsis pronounce it, and Chhoi is from the Chinese master of
Shanghai, who taught this art to three Joshi brothers belonging to a family of
weavers in Surat who were sent to China sponsored by First Baronet Jamsetji
Jeejeebhoy around 1856 AD. After learning the skill, they came back to Gujarat and
trained the weavers in the technique and then innovated the Tanchoi weaving
technique into Indian versions.
Both these tanchois I am wearing are gifts from my mother.