Weaving Lifestyle, a cultural tradition

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Weaving Lifestyle, a cultural traditionWeaving used to be a part of everyone’s lifestyle and looking at the weaving that dates back to the origins we see Weaving a lace together of threads and yarns to form cloth has developed over thousands of years of discovery and experimentation.  Coarse
fabric, made from grasses and leaves, was the first step toward the development of the textiles we use today.

Weaving creates tighter woven fabric than knitting and crocheting because of the looser stitches of the other two crafts. However, to weave, you have to have a loom; a hand loom is inexpensive and easy to operate and takes up less space as compared to the automatic one, but how about weaving without a loom?

The Basics of Weaving

I remember my grandma back in India used to pick cotton from the field and then removing the seed from it which she used to feed to cows on the farm.  For the cotton balls she used to make a thick thread on hand driven “Charkha” and later use that to make thick fabric for use in the family.  At various places on the globe, please still weave but most common one is loom driving without electric power. To make a fabric on simple loom requires firs to prepare the warp.  The warp is the term for the threads held taut by the loom. Putting the thread that will be used in a spool rack, set about a yard behind the loom and pull your threads through the guide in the slot of the back beam.

Drawing is the process of threading the warp through the heddles. Draw the warp through the reed, which is a comb that beats the fabric as the weaving process takes place. Finally, attach the ends of the warp to the cloth beam at the end of your loom. Normally, the ends of the warp are attached to the cloth beam by wrapping a piece of cord at each end multiple times around the cloth beam and tying it off.

As the origin and development of woven cloth is closely tied to the history of mankind and it took thousands of years to develop the skills necessary to turn the raw materials around us into cloth for covering our body and shelter. Weaving was an art practised in very early times and it is still a tradition and cultural element is many societies around the globe.

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