tantuv āya as tailor

Dominic Goodall dominic.goodall at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 10 04:24:57 UTC 2011

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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