Hand on the Loom

Red thread to be handloomed

Hand loom

Artisan carrying a row of colourfully dyed thread 

Handloom weavers are the single largest group of artisans in India, which has one of the richest traditions and variety of this craft. Each region has its own particular style of weaving using traditional designs and motifs – every weave no matter how small or ordinary has its own distinctive character.

The advent of the power loom and other machine made textiles have threatened handspun and handloomed fabrics for over a century, but the handloom remains because of its versatile adaptation to community needs, where weaving is usually done in homes and collectives.
Dyeing of thread before handloom weaving into fabric