The history of the handloom is as old as the Indus Valley civilization and the Mughul era. Even in the Vedic period, spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques were very advanced for their time.
Native to India and Bangladesh, Handloom sarees are woven on a shuttle-pit loom; (which is a device used to weave cloth) this loom is made from ropes, wooden beams and poles. While the shape and mechanics of the loom may vary, but their basic function is the same.
The shuttle is thrown from side-to-side by the weaver and the sarees created vary in size and quality. Traditionally, Handloom sarees are made from silk or cotton threads. Handloom sarees take around 3-4 days to complete with maybe 3 weavers.
They are considered to be precious family heirlooms and are often, a financial and emotive investment. Because of the nature of it’s creation, handloom sarees are extremely delicate and require a lot of attention and care in their keeping.
Bengali handloom sarees are the most popular, and even they have variants. These handloom sarees are bought mostly during Durga Puja, as it is widely celebrated.
A woman and her saree are a powerful combination, each saree she owns giving her a unique identity and feel! At Gopa Gupta, we combine culture with simplicity and elegance. Our range of handloom sarees will call for your attention, no doubt! You’ll know when you see it, so visit our store, local or online and get your handloom fix.