We at Crow, use exclusive, handwoven cotton fabric to make our garments. These are woven by weavers in different parts of the country. Here is an overview of the enchanting
journey that transforms fiber into fabric.Handloom weaving is a tedious and labor intensive process. The process begins with the conversion of cotton fiber into yarn of various counts and thicknesses to suit the garment
requirements. The yarn is then looped or coiled into hanks which are dyed to the required shade. We use plant based organic dyes, as far as possible. Once the hanks are washed off of excess dye, the yarn is processed into cones or bobbins for the shuttle which carries the weft of the fabric. These comprise the pre-loom process and is traditionally carried out
by women. Fabric is essentially a network of yarns running adjacent to and across each other. Weaving on the handloom includes a few steps. First, the bobbins (locally called, Nada, in Kutch) are prepared as per the number of yarns in the weft, in a process called Winding. The loom is
then prepared with the warp yarn – in a process called warping, every yarn of the warp frame is counted manually, and then in a tiresome process called drafting, each of these yarns is drawn through the eyes at the head of the frame. Another process called denting involves inserting the warp yarn through the dents of a comb like structure called the reed.
The prepared fabric is then sent for finishing, washing, and ironing – like the pre-loom processes, these are also traditionally carried out by the women of the household.
The fabric is now ready to be transformed into garments.