First cotton is spun from its raw form into thread using traditional spinning methods. Women spin from home using the drop spindle method.
Foot pedal spinning wheels are also used in our partner workshop to spin raw cotton into thread.
In each method, the cotton is spun by applying pressure by hand while drawing out the cotton fibers.
Next handcrafted click wheels are used to transform newly spun cotton into skeins ready for dyeing.
Cotton skeins are dyed using environmentally friendly AZO free dyes.
After the dyeing process, skeins are hung to dry in the sun and then stored until needed for weaving.
Preparing the Loom
Weavers painstakingly prepare the warp of the loom. Each thread must be properly aligned and put in position.
Warp in Place
Next weavers make sure the vertical threads are properly held in place by the reed which resembles a large comb.
Larger free-standing hand looms are used in our partner workshop to weave wider products such as tablecloths and bath towels.
Next skeins are transferred to spools that can be readily used in shuttles for weaving colorful patterns.
A shuttle carrying the thread for the weft is tossed back and forth by the weaver to create the horizontal weaving pattern of the product.
Art of Weaving
Our master weavers use foot pedals and a rhythm of tossing the shuttle back and forth to create beautiful handwoven products.
Wash and Dry
The finished woven product is then washed and hung to dry.
A group of dedicated women lovingly press each product, twist ends into tassels, check quality, and hand stitch the label on every linen.
Handmade from start to finish each linen is woven from 100% Ethiopian cotton.