i enjoy color and hand loom.. i love designs, prints and patterns, knots, needlepoints, embroidered, crotched, crossstitched, handblocked, bandhini….. i adore the minds and the bodies who never get tired conceiving them and bringing them to life.
in days past when the caste system dominated, there existed a weaving community who spun the yarn. the environment, vegetable dyes and colors,the gods, the life styles, the food, images of life dominated spinning and fabric design.
when the british east india company bought in artificial fibres like nylon and polyster it threatened the demise of the hand loom. indian leaders tried to strike back with the charka (the spining wheel) to break the economic clout of the british power and to empower the common man. when the indian people boycotted the imported textiles and sat on the charkha along with gandhi they wrote history.
this log is an ode to the indian yarn.
my heartfelt thanks to the flicker photographers and their willingness to share, otherwise this blog can not be rolling. every picture and photographer is credited.