Our weavers work for several days preparing the warp and weft. We start with natural yarn that come in a cone, skein or hank. Once the yarn is washed, dyed and dried, it is wound onto small spindles or bobbins (for warp) and pirns (for weft), by hand using a spinning wheel.

The bobbins are placed in a frame; and the strands of yarn, passed thread by thread through a raddle, are wound - taut and parallel to each other - around a beam.

The beam is then shifted to the loom. 

And then starts the threading of the warp through the heddles attached to the shafts (pedals): from 2 to 12, depending on the design. Each warp thread goes through a heddle. This is unarguably the most tedious step of the entire weaving process.

The threads, one by one,  are then drawn through the reed - which resembles a comb - with a hook  and tied in bunches to a rod at one end.

And now the loom is ready for weaving, which is basically repetition of three actions: Shedding (raising and lowering of heddles), Picking (traversing of weft across the loom) and Battening (pushing the weft to the edge of the fabric).

Depending on the design, structure and size of the scarf, weaving a single scarf can take from around 4 hours to a couple of days.

The facility is housed in an old industrial building, which we have renovated.

The building consists of two halls on quarter-of-an-acre land with room for expansion in coming months.