The past year had seen a lot of activity in the handlooms sector – Our Prime Minister has set the spotlight on reviving the handloom sector. He has declared 7th August as the National Handloom day and it was celebrated grandly across the country. This date is a very important one for India as it was the day the Swadeshi Movement was launched in 1905. The sector contributes to nearly 15% of the cloth production in the country and also contributes to the country’s export earnings. 95% of the world’s hand woven fabric comes from India. So, what makes Indian handlooms special?

Let’s explore the aesthetic, cultural, and beauty benefits of handlooms.

Retain our Cultural Heritage and Legacy

Handlooms are an important part of our national legacy and showcase the richness and diversity of our country and the weaver’s artistry. Weaving by hand is a part of the country’s cultural ethos. It has been sustained by transferring skills from one generation to another over the centuries. Indian handlooms proudly boast of their uniqueness, adaptability to requirements, openness to innovation, and flexibility in production.

Celebrate Weaving Process

Handloom fabrics are made entirely by hand using looms that are typically simple constructions of wooden beams, ropes and poles. The arrangement is simple: it consists of pit looms with the warp spanning the room. An earthen bench and a series of pedals operate the heddles. In most cases, two people sit at the bench, one working on the border and bhutties and the middle person operating the pedals and beater.

Natural Material and Dyes

Handlooms are least burdensome on the ecosystem during and after production. The cotton used in the weaving process is handled completely by hand. As a result, the fabric is soft, comfortable, durable, and more absorbent. As most colors and fixatives are acquired from roots, nuts and flowers, the dyeing process is done in naturally. In today’s world handlooms offer the best options for markets that are eager to invest in green and ethical products.

Range of Colors and Combinations

Handloom cottons offer the best possible combinations of colors. Starting with traditional primary color combinations to contemporary colors that are suitable for youth, handlooms offer something for everybody. One only has to step into a handloom store to understand the myriad colors and combinations available today!

Variety and Price Range

Cotton handlooms offer a wide variety and price range – you can find expensive fine fabrics woven for the elite, clothes and household textiles for urban professionals, and ordinary household linen and homewear. Keeping in line with this range, the price disparity between these products is enormous – a towel could cost Rs 20, while a chanderi, jamdani or gadwal sari can cost well over Rs 10,000.

Comfortable in all Seasons

Handlooms are suitable for all weather – be in in the cold climes of the hill stations, to the sultry sea coast weather, or the dry heat of the plains. Cottons offer greater absorbency, and incomparable drape making it the best possible option for Indian weather. In addition, air penetration is higher in handlooms making them breathable; In effect, handlooms keep you cooler in summers and warm in winters.