Weaving has for millennia held a noble place in many cultures of the world, as a craft which blends beauty with cultural heritage and day to day practicality.

Weaving techniques are typically passed down through the generations from mothers to daughters. Yarns are traded, sometimes dyed and then spun onto spools. Together different spools are combined into patterns that form the warp of the fabric – the longitudinal yarns. These are then combed and mounted onto the loom, ready for weaving.


In some rural villages, every home has a loom. It is worked at for a couple of hours a day, depending on requirements. Even with skill and dedication, a woman may only be able to weave a foot to a yard of fabric. Selection of the correct colours of yarn for the weft – the cross yarns – can create detailed and rich patterns. Once made, the fabrics are used in clothing and around the home, both for formal and informal occasions.

Yarns are spun onto large spools. The spools are organised and prepared to feed the creation of the warp.

A jig is used to keep the yarns for the warp organised. Yarns are wrapped back and forth to create very long runs of for setting up the warp.

Women work together to prepare a loom for weaving.

An aerial view of the jig used to prepare for the weaving, set up in the space behind the family home.

Once all the yarn has been organised into suitable lengths, it is then bundled up, ready to be fed into a loom for weaving.

The yarn is stretched out to ensure there are no tangles, and there is an even tension on all the threads.

Women attend to the warp, combing the yarns straight as they are wound onto the loom.