Tilonia Weavers

Barefoot handloom textiles are produced by 18 weavers of the Gramin Hastshlip Vikas Society, the weavers' association based in Tilonia.

Above, Mohamed Hussein is the son of master weaver Jordan who has been working in Tilonia since 1979. Jordan has been a master weaver for more than 30 years.

Below, yarn is reeled by hand. Dye is measured and mixed for dying the cotton yarn used to weave the handloomed fabric.



Weaving

Weaving

Barefoot Handloom


Weaving was traditionally a scheduled caste occupation restricted to a community called Balais or Meghwals. These communities used pit looms that produced a 24" width fabric. Handlooms were introduced as they produced fabric wider than than the pit looms, and thus were more efficient. With the change in looms, people from all communities became weavers as the caste associations of pitloom weaving were removed. There is also a group of Rajput women from the village of Kada who have broken tradition to learn how to weave.

All Tilonia Barefoot Handloom products are dyed, woven and stitched on campus at the Barefoot College campus in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India.