tantuv āya as tailor

Patrick Olivelle jpo at UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU
Mon Oct 10 11:55:11 UTC 2011

Dominic is absolutely right. See tunnavāya also at Arthaśāstra 4.1.8, which clearly means weaver; and tunnavāya, compared to wahermen/dyers, at 4.1.25.


On Oct 9, 2011, at 11:24 PM, Dominic Goodall wrote:

> Perhaps tantuvāya here in the English text is simply a mistake?  The first verse quoted in the footnote uses rather the expression tunnavāya.
> Both words seem to be common and old, but while one expects tunnavāya to refer to a “tailor” (see, e.g., Manusmṛti 2.214 and commentaries), one expects tantuvāya to refer to a weaver (see, e.g., Manusmṛti 8.397 and commentaries).
> Dominic Goodall
> École française d'Extrême-Orient
> On 10-Oct-2011, at 2:41 AM, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan wrote:
>> According to K. V. Subrahmanya Aiyar (Travancore Archaeological Series vol. 4, p.109), in the Sanskrit work Bālarāma Bhāratam, the author Bālarāmavarman Kulaśekhara-Perumāḷ uses the word 'tantuvāya' in the sense of 'tailor'. (See attachment). Has the word 'tantuvāya' been used in the meaning of 'tailor' anywhere else in Sanskrit? 
>> A related question is: what is the etymology of Skt. tunnavāya?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Regards,
>> Palaniappan
>> <tantuvaya.pdf>

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