Our clothes resonate the culture we are part of. Each strand that is put together has a very significant meaning. The reason why certain groups use fur tells a story. Similarly, textile industry is not just about making clothes. It has a deep rooted meaning in each of our lives.
Looming is a process of inter sectional warping, with transverse threads. The tool that is used for weaving in a such a manner is called hand loom. Our country has its own story when it comes to weaving. The diversity of the people and culture is mirrored in the many varieties of weaves that India produces.
The state of Andhra is especially known for its hand loom, with exquisite designs and materials to its credit. Those who are aware of such feats of the region would know the well known silk sarees called Uppadas and the Mangalgiri cottons. The Kosa of Chattisgarh is similarly famous, for its block prints, paints and embroidery.
Every region has its own story when it comes to the magnanimous number of looms produced by them. The only unfortunate part is that this art of weaving has been reduced to the very few hands, who are from low socio-economic groups.
Though people across the country and abroad love the weaves, these creative groups are not given enough investment, or they do not have the knowledge of the modern business styles.
Hand loom and textile, have a strong potential, when it comes to being a stronghold in business and employment, given that the workers are provided proper pay and other opportunities that come with employment.
This is where the students of today and the citizens of tomorrow ,the youth can take a stand and help the nation to rebuild India's long lost stature of providing the finest weaves to the world.
Career in Weaving and Textile Designing
You will need to start from the basics. Though the industry of hand looms and textiles are still under the process of being a fully organized, there are institutes that will help you understand how these spaces work. You can study Bachelors in Textile Designing or fabric designing to start with.
Once you get your degree, you can start working in a company that produces fabrics. Remember that it is very different from fashion designing. You will be doing the basic work, and thus your knowledge in colors, shapes, texture and the requirement of the fabric as per the situation is very important.
You will learn a great deal in these areas, once you get in and gain experience, but if you can go for internships and get some additional information before you start.
Getting A Job
A career in Textile designing will help you understand what the contemporary designs, prints etc. are being used in the industry.
You will also get to know about the history of hand looms, and how there are hundreds of different styles, embroideries, methods that were and in some parts are still being used. This will help you grow more in to the subject matter.
Also Read: How to Become a Textile Designer?
Contemporary State of hand looms and textile
The country celebrated National Hand loom day on August 7, 2017, and with it we saw many new ventures taking shape in the country. From the Telengana Department of Hand looms and Textiles and Amazon signing an MoU, to famous celebrities taking up roles of Ambassadors for hand looms, we can definitely say that there is a definite future for the lovers of looms and fabric in the country.
What we need is proper training, not just in terms of techniques of weaving and production, but in terms of management and business of the industry as well.
A great number of institutes are opening up courses that will help in recreating history of the weave in India. Also, there are many students who are looking forward to such courses and careers.
A Student's take
"What I love mostly about my field is to be able to work with different artisans across the country. India is so rich in textiles and each part has a specialization while South is known more for the weaving of silk north is more into block printing and dyeing. So I really like working with natural dyeing and block printing." Sabhyatha, a 4th year student of Textile and Product design said.
The future of hand loom and textile in the country looks bright, what we need is more people who can carry this beautiful tradition forward.