Pothi: The Binding of Bahi Khata Notebooks
It is quite interesting to know that since the inception of Bahi Khata, the stitching over it has remained unchanged. The use of sewing machine is the only thing that has changed in these years. The combining of pages for accounting and stitching or the Pothi Binding, in a way, supports the small scale of women who earn by stitching the fabric cover of the Bahi Khatas on the sewing machine.
Inside the Pothi Binding
Once the outer cover is ready and set, cut paper is folded into sections and pressed with a wooden folder. Sections are then hand stitched with needle and thread in the middle, and they are then joined with other sections at the spine. Further, they are attached to the cover. Certain craftsmen and binders add an elegant or decorative paper at the beginning and end of the notebook. Once everything, is in place, they are stuck together with the help of glue and left to dry in the open.
Today, even when computerized accounting systems are giving a tough competition to Bahi Khata Notebooks, it is quite popular among a large number of tradesmen. Also, the craftsmen are not leaving any stone unturned to keep the notebooks alive. With a large number of colored papers, fabrics, patchwork, Zari, etc. Bahi Khata Notebooks are foraying in the lives of artists, writers, students and all those who need something to write on.