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Hand Looms, Foot Looms and more

May 03, 2014 2 min read

Many of the textile enthusiasts that I know, enjoy understanding the technicalities that go into the creation of the art. The loom type, the weave type, the knot structure etc etc.

Over the years I have taken photos of many different looms that are unique to the regions extending from Kutch in the West India to Ryukyu in Japan. My limited knowledge in this area does not qualify me to write about it and so am merely posting pictures.


1. First some Charkhas or Spinning wheels – used to spin cotton by hand.

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1. The Masru Loom:

Masru is a type of textile that has silk on the correct side and cotton on the side that touches the skin. I was told that this is created because Silk is not allowed on the skin of men in that community.


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2. Rug Loom, Bhuj, Kutch:


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3. The Tamil Loom (probably Kanjeevaram)


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4. Tribal Loom in Odisha

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5. Back Strap Looms from Arunachal & Mizoram

a. Garo Tribe


b. Apatani Tribe

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6. Hilltribe of Northern Thailand

a. Karen Tribe


Long-Neck Karen Tribe



7. Ryukyu Weaving – Japan

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And one more from the pinterest.com – it said that this is from India.



This variation makes me realise that if something as definitive as technology can evolve differently from one region to the next, why should there be a single homogenous life model for all?

Why must life models with less aggressive media, or less interest in finance be overriden by models that have the power and access to influence mindsets? Can everyone not be left alone in their habitat?

jaina mishra

May 2014

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