After weaving, the cloth is generally rough. The degumming process is done to smooth the fabric before dyeing. The Degumming section consists of 4 tanks, Around 230 sarees are clamped by metal springs and soaked in boiling water at 90 degrees. Soap chips and soda ash is added and the sarees are soaked in the solution upto 2 hours. The clamps are tied by rope to Bidder wood logs as they are heat tolerant. This makes the fabric soft. The solution starts frothing and is washed down by water at normal temperature through a hose pipe. The sarees are levered out through a semi-automatic machine and are put in hot water again for 15 minutes to remove excess solution. The machine is controlled remotely by the worker. The sarees are removed from the hot water tank and sent for hydro extraction.