Handloom, India’s craft heritage

Each and every state, town you travel through in India has a rich textile and weaving legacy. And from time immemorial, royalties and connoisseurs of textiles around the world have admired and patronized India’s handwoven textiles.

The loom is the basic equipment for hand weaving. Traditionally loin loom as the weaving device was used by the tribal population of north eastern India.

The pit loom is the weaving equipment in most of the states. The heavy wooden loom is installed inside a three feet deep pit, and the weaver sits on the wall of the pit while weaving.

Frame looms have majorly replaced the pit looms across the country. The main body is made from light weight wooden frames.

Fly shuttle and throw shuttle is used for weaving both in pit looms and frame looms.

Patience, perseverance, perpetuation are the three “P”s which portray the unique strength of handwoven textiles of India.

The strength of Indian handloom fabrics lies in innovative designs, which cannot be replicated by power looms. Handloom weaving tradition has been kept alive in India by the highly skilled master weavers spread across the country.

What’s really a handloom?

1. By definition, a handloom is an equipment used for weaving using only manual power.

2. A hand or foot operated loom is used to weave handloom textiles.

3. It’s a highly skilled profession.

4. It goes back to two thousand years in history, and one of the oldest textile production techniques in India.

 

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