CUSHIONS Indian Handloom
<div class="col-md-4"> <div class="blog-item"> <div class="blog-details"> <p>Handloom refers to the different types of wooden frames used by skilled artisans to weave fabrics from natural fibres like Cotton, Silk, Wool, Jute etc. In earlier times, almost every village had its weavers who made all the clothing (sarees, dhotis, etc.) needed by the villagers and the entire process of cloth making was self-reliant. The cotton, silk, wool came from the farmers, foresters or shepherds, and the yarn was cleaned and transformed by weavers themselves. Small handy instruments were used in the process, including the famous spinning wheel (also known as Charkha).</p> <p><img src="https://www.biggiebest.co.uk/media/wysiwyg/blog/ralph-labay--XIbTJtX8-c-unsplash.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Today millions of looms across the country are engaged in weaving cotton, silk and other natural fibres to bring out the traditional beauty of India&rsquo;s precious heritage and to provide livelihoods to millions of families. There is hardly a village where weavers do not exist and the skills and activities are kept alive by passing them from generation to generation. Artisans from rural and semi-urban areas, most of which are women and people from economically disadvantaged groups, blend myths, faiths, symbols and imagination to bring an appealing dynamism to the fabric and distinctive forms of art, weave and colour differentiate one region from another. Indian handloom products like muslin of Chanderi, silk brocade of Varanasi, the tie and dye products of Rajasthan and Orissa, the Muga silk of Assam, and the Patola saree of Baroda have been famous since beyond the reach of memory.</p> <p>During British rule, India was turned into an exporter of raw cotton and the country was flooded with machine made imported textiles. There was no effort to develop the handloom sector and the weavers were pitted against modern textile mills. It was only in 1947 that the industry reached a turning point when Mahatma Gandhi started the Swadeshi Movement and reintroduced hand spinning in the name of Khadi (which essentially means hand spun and hand woven). Every Indian was urged to spin the yarn using Charkhas, people burnt imported clothes and wearing Khadi became a powerful symbol in the Indian independence movement.</p> <p>Today, Indian handlooms remain an integral part of Indian culture and no festival or occasion is complete without patterns and designs boasting of glamor, magnificence and exquisiteness.&nbsp; An increasing appreciation of the unique craftmanship involved in manufacturing handloom fabrics coupled with the buzz accompanying sustainable, eco-friendly practices has elevated demand by international consumers and the handloom has resumed its pride of place in the textile industry.</p> <p>Each fabric is individual to itself and a major part of its charm and beauty lies in the irregularity of the weave. Our Handloom cotton woven stripe cushions from the tropical monsoon lands of South India are produced in the most traditional of ways.&nbsp;Dyed by hand, woven by some of the most skilled weavers in India and stitched by hand, they have become part of our heritage, our pride and our joy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div> </div> </div> </div>