HANDWEAVING IN INDIA

June 29, 2017

HANDWEAVING IN INDIA

The tradition of hand weaving silk has been passed throughout the generations in India, and although sadly much of the hand looms have been replaced with power looms, there are a small handful of weaver's keeping the traditional alive.  We borrowed these 35mm photos from a dear friend of ours, which beautifully captures the heritage of handweaving, taken throughout his family owned mill in the mid 1990's in the small village of Monghyr near mount Everest.  

This particular mill is still creating hand woven & vegetable dyed textiles to this day, which not only has a much smaller carbon footprint than current industrial apparel practices, it also is incredibly unique and special.  We are excited to see what handwoven textiles from India we can begin to incorporate into our upcoming pieces... 

A woman rolls out thread on a wooden hand loom.
Young children play as the yarns are left outside to dry.
An elder weaver instructs a young student.
A man creates a dye bath using vegetable dyes and pigments. 
An elder spins colorful thread on a portable hand loom.

This is Chand, a master weaver and teacher.  He is still alive and teaching handweaving today.

A small note from the photo book reads "Due to the unique properties of silk, slight irregularities in weaving and dyeing invariably occur.  Subtle variations in colour and texture are the nature of silk and are not to be thought of as flaws.  Silk is a natural fibre. Enjoy it."