A Glimpse into our Weaving Center in Sanchor

A Glimpse into our Weaving Center in Sanchor

Our weaving center in Sanchor, Rajasthan is approximately 135 km from the Barmer railway  station. 

The center currently employs 15 men, and is managed by Swaruparam ji, a first-generation  weaver who was forced to start working in his late teens when his father took ill. He was trained at  The Handloom School, Maheshwar. There are 12 looms in the center.  

What is weaving? Weaving refers to the craft of forming fabric by interlacing two distinct yarns:  the warp & the weft. Here is how it’s done: 

Step 1: Large spools of thread arrive from Bikaner. Bobbins are threaded to prepare for the  warping process. Earlier, a charkha was being used to do this. It was a time-consuming process  and would take almost an entire day to thread 50 bobbins. Three months ago, a machine arrived  that makes the process much faster: 20 bobbins can be threaded in 2-3 minutes.

 

Machine for threading bobbins in Sanchor, Rajasthan

Machine for threading bobbins

Step 2 (Tana/ Warping): The bobbins are placed on a creel and individual ends are drawn and laid  in a parallel fashion. Approximately 2,180 parallel yarns are rolled onto the beam. 

 Warping in Sanchor, Barmer
Warping

Step 3 (Jorni): Approximately a 12 hour long painstaking process of tying in the warp on a  weaving loom.  

Weaving Center in Sanchor

Step 4 (Weaving/Bunai): The warp (longitudinal threads) is held up in the loom, while the weft  (latitudinal threads) is placed in a shuttle. The weaver, with every pull of the shuttle (controlled by a  foot pedal), carries the yarn from one end to the other. This interlocks the warp and the weft.  Depending on thread count, 1 piece takes 1/2 an hour to weave.  The finished pieces are then washed and dried.