How Is A Manjha Made?

making of Manja

It's that time of the year again when colourful kites fill the sky. The kites are flown with an abrasive string that usually comes from manja making centres across India like Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bareilly and Varanasi.

In these centres, manjha makers spend hours spinning endless rolls of cotton yarn. The sharpest manjha is made from a mixture of wax, powdered glass and mud. Each manja maker has a secret formula to get razor sharp threads. Sometimes bark of trees, cactus flesh and even lizard blood is added for best results.

But the sharpest of manjha comes at a cost. During the Makar Sankranti festival in January every day, a manja maker churns out more than 200 charkhas. The sharp manja string often slices their hands. So, the next time while kite running remember those fingers wounded in the making of your manja. 

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