ARTISTRY AND CRAFT
Every step of our textile weaving process is done by hand, from building the loom to tying the tassels. Our black and white wool rugs are made on a horizontal loom and are woven by a father-and-sons team using the increasingly rare craft of kharad weaving. The “haatho” or wooden comb pictured below was hand-carved from hardwood and passed down in their family for generations. The haatho is used to tighten the weave of the rug after each row is made. Our sheep, camel, and goat wool is undyed, or as our master weaver says, “God given colors.”
Our flat weave rugs are made by a different father-and-sons team. They have two pit looms they use, one on the roof of their home and one in the front yard. Our next collection of flatweave rugs will be dyed with mainly natural dyes. Our weavers make their own natural dye and hand dye yarn at home, a time consuming process. We use sketches to share and develop designs but patterns are mainly tested on the loom, the way it has been done for generations.
Situated on several fault lines, Kutch experiences strong earthquakes that have profoundly impacted the residents. The most devastating earthquake in recent history occurred in 2001, killing more than 12,000 people in Kutch, destroying 40% of homes and decimating the city of Bhuj. Even with years of government assisted reconstruction and rehabilitation, residents are still feeling the consequences of the earthquake.