hand loom weaving

A bit of background...

Bhujodi, a 500 year old village in North West India is home to over 200 weavers. Weaving of cloth has been a part of the history of these families for generations, going back to the time when the barter system existed, where woven cloth was exchanged for milk and grains.  It is so humbling to see that the overall concept of hand weaving has not changed with time - the mechanics of the loom has changed slightly but the overall motif is still the same.  Walking into the village is like stepping back in time as the communities intricately work together to keep the tradition alive.  We are working with two weaving cooperatives in this village and you can read more about them here.

Maheshwar, a charming town located on the banks of the River Narmada (a very spiritual river) in Central India is home to the NGO, WomenWeave.  Their social mission is similar to ours - let's create a beautiful product while empowering communities.  We will be hand block printing our designs on their beautiful hand woven cloth.  Read more about their artisans here.

A bit on technique.....

The process to make a piece of cloth that is 25 metres long takes about 2 weeks to complete using a 700 year old skill set.  I have simplified it here significantly to give you an idea of what it entails:

It starts with the organic cotton fibres being spun to make yarn.

 

The yarn is then rolled onto a bobbin...

And then the fabric is created on the loom... 

 

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