The hand that rocks the cradle creates a life that we nurture and love forever, but the hand that rocks the loom creates weaves that we should learn to nurture and protect!!
Someone once had an argument with me on why, in this era of technology, we are going back to handlooms? It’s time consuming, laborious and expensive! It made me wonder, what if we start thinking like this and don’t do anything to save, promote or protect our natural weaves, very soon they will become extinct.
Why should the weavers toil and work in such harsh conditions to weave a fabric which at times might take weeks to complete and in the end earn much less compared to the retail outlets??
India is so rich in its culture and heritage that there is a handloom dedicated to almost each one of our states. As a responsible citizen we should do our bit in conserving our heritage.
Off late there has been a lot of awareness regarding the revival of our traditional weaves and some groups have been created on Facebook namely Six yards and 365 days and Saree Speak which encourage the ladies to buy and wear only handlooms thus helping the ladies knowing our weaves and also start wearing sarees on a regular basis.
Both the groups organize events and meets in the cities where ladies are members of these groups. Last Sept Six yards and 365 days celebrated its 2nd anniversary in Mumbai.
Recently Saree Speak Pune members had organized a meet wherein the theme was to promote Puneri sarees and this event was attended by almost 90 ladies…
So it’s a joint effort to create awareness and help in conservation of our traditional weaves and help our weavers get their due!
Let’s get together and make handloom a lifestyle choice, be it in our dressing or our homes, thus enabling the weavers to have just a little better lifestyle than what they are earning for their hard work!!