the weavers in this village get spun and dyed yarns from other neighboring points. women do the job of unwinding the skeins of yarn onto spools, using spinning wheels made from old bicycle wheels.
threading the spools onto a rack, the weaver makes the warp 12″ at a time.
weaving some brown napkins which we will have in stock soon.
the rope in the weaver’s hand is pulled to throw the shuttle from side to side in an amazingly rhythmic and musical way, happening so fast it is hard to see the shuttle flying. the yarn on the spools strung behind the sheds are used to repair broken warp threads.
the weaver’s looms have been passed down through the family; many are over 100 years old. they hold a place of honor in each home.