Art & Artisans
All our products are handcrafted by traditional craftsmen and women in rural India.
Handloom doesn’t come with uniformity. The irregular weave or print or a stitch is not a defect but the uniqueness of the product.
Handloom weaving is a cottage industry where the entire family is involved in the production of cloth. Right from spinning the yarn on the spinning wheel – the charkha, coloring the yarn using natural dyes, to weaving on the loom - is done by the family members.
The yarn is usually from natural fibers like Cotton, Silk, Wool, Jute.
A handloom saree is mostly woven on a shuttle-pit loom made from ropes, wooden beams and bamboo poles. The pit loom is placed on the ground and has two peddles in a dug pit with the weaver sitting inside the pit.
Weaving is an interlocking of two separate yarns at right angles. The warp (In Bengali tana), the longitudinal threads, are held in tension on the loom and lifted. The weft (In Bengali bana), the latitudinal threads, are placed in a shuttle. The warp yarns are held by heddles in the loom.
In handloom the weft yarn is spun to the small bobbins (prins) that is placed inside the wooden instrument called Shuttle. The weft yarn loaded Shuttle is moved between the warp yarns, which makes the weaving process and creates the beautiful designs.