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The Craft of Weaving

Our passion for weaving and pride in what we do ensure the uncompromising quality of the scarves we create.

Weaving is an art, and the process in parts resembles making music or fine cooking.

Each step of the process: colouring the yarn, preparing the warp and weft and weaving on traditional wooden looms; is touched by the adept hands of our master weavers who work for days to craft the scarves.

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Cool in the summer, warm in the winter.


Made by expert craftsmen in India.


Made with a sustainable fabric.


Bobbins & Pirns

We start with natural yarn that comes in a cone, skein or hank.

Once the yarn is washed with water, dyed and dried, it is wound on to bobbins (for warp) and pirns (for weft), by hand using a spinning wheel.

The bobbins are placed in a frame and hundreds of strands of yarn from the bobbins are passed, thread by thread, through a raddle, which ensures even spacing between threads.

Taut and parallel to each other, these threads are wound around a beam. The beam is then taken away to get it ready for the loom.



Once the yarn has been wound on the warp beam, it takes two tedious steps to ready it for the loom.

In the first step, warp is threaded through the heddles. Each warp thread goes through the eye of a heddle. To pass the threads through the eyes of the heddles, two weavers work in tandem.

One of them fiddles a hook through the eye while the other guides a single thread — on the other side of the heddle — for the hook to catch it and pull it to the other side. This set of actions is repeated at least a few hundred times.

The next meticulous task entails drawing individual threads though the reed, a comb-like tool to separate the warp threads; and finally tying these threads in.

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Preparing the Loom

Readying the loom for weaving is like arranging the band for a session.

To prepare the loom for weaving, the warp beam and the reeds in frames are loaded together on to the loom.

Readying the loom for weaving is like arranging a band for a musical session: just like the selection of musicians depends on musical arrangements for the evening, design — pattern and weave — determines which and how many of the shafts on the loom will be used.

The selected shafts are then tied to the individual reeds (and frames).



The repetitive actions on the wooden tools and parts of a loom make the weaving process rhythmic, and almost musical.

The wooden pedals are used to raise or lower the heddles not unlike the pedals on a hi-hat or a bass drum. When the heddles are lifted, the shuttles carrying the weft pass through the warp creating another set of sounds.

Just like the pedals of a piano, which either muffle or highlight a note, pedals in a loom ensure that each thread receives the right accentuation for the desired pattern.

Once the frame with the reeds is pulled to push weft to the edge of the woven fabric, the cadence ends; and the rhythm starts anew.‍

Depending on the design and size of the scarf, the weaving takes from a couple of hours to a couple of days and the rhythms vary from staccato to more continuous sounds.

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Our Dyes

The dyes used to colour our yarn have all been derived from various plants, vegetables and fruits.

Pomegranate, marigold, Indian madder — these are some of the sources of the dyes used to make Gamchha.

The dyes are non-toxic and harmless for your skin, and have been sourced from a local company in Moradabad, India – one that has been around since 1994.

We dye all of our yarn in small batches in our own facility, with the exception of Indigo, for which we have partnered with a company in the Konkan region of Western India.

Eri Silk

To make our scarves, we use Eri silk, obtained from caterpillars after their metamorphosis.

Eri silk is produced by caterpillars of the Samia Cynthia Ricini moth, which is mainly found in India.

Samia feeds largely on castor seeds and leaves, giving the name "Eri", since castor is called errandi in Assamese.

The caterpillar cocoons itself in the fibre that it spins, and leaves it behind after its metamorphosis into a moth.

The yarn is only then produced, with this fibre.

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