A ‘handloom’ is a loom that is used to weave cloth without the use of any electricity. Finely woven and dyed cotton fabrics were found in Mohenjo Daro, dating back to 1500 BC. Centuries later, poets of the Mughal durbar linked these fabrics to baft hawa (woven air), abe rawan (running water) and shabnam (morning dew).
The human handling of the yarn in the weaving process causes the fabric to be less stressed and damaged, resulting in a product which is far more soft and durable as compared to mill made cotton. It is also more breathable, allowing greater air penetration as compared to mill made cotton.
However, power looms today supply more than 70% of textiles in India, leaving the future for handloom far from secure.
Given the soft, durable and breathable nature of the handloom fabric, the fabric becomes a natural, yet rather unexplored, choice for home linen. The softness of the fabric makes it perfect to snuggle in handmade bed linen and the lightness makes it suitable as curtain fabric.
Weaves by Querencia aims at nurturing this dying craft by producing artisanal home linen in handloom fabrics. Furthermore, Weaves by Querencia takes pride in manufacturing all products, including the packaging, by hand through detailed craftsmanship. As a young business with a conscience, the company aims at fostering employment opportunities not only for the textile artisans but also for skilled karigars.
NOTES FROM THE LOOM
Handloom cotton is hand spun giving it variations and imperfections, making each piece unique.
Due to restrictions in the size of the loom, each fabric is of a limited width, demanding a stitch between panels of fabric. All designs may not conceal visible stitches.
Our fabrics are put through a softening process to give them the desired lived in look.