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All about Handwoven Fabrics

The beauty of handwoven fabrics lies in the philosophy of art,

aesthetics, and backbreaking work of the crafter.

One of the oldest and most popular techniques in the history of clothing and textile is weaving. Weaving is a two-way process— warp and weft, the two main components that transform a thread into the fabric. Predominantly, the elements of warp and weft may alter, resulting in a fabric that shows more warp and less weft, and vice versa, but most of the time they are similar in size and diameter creating a perfectly balanced plain.

Classification of Handwoven Fabrics

    With the advent of technology, Weavers, crafters, and historians have introduced certain systems to describe several forms of interlacement plain. However, Double-cloth, satins, and Twill are the most common and popular forms of weaves.

1. Satin

Satin is a weave with a glossy, lustrous surface and matte back. It formed by using filaments of Nylon, Polyester, and silk. The Satin fabric feels amazingly soothing to touch and is a comfortable choice of clothing.

Black Modern Ethiopian habesha dress

2. Double-Cotton

Double cloth or Double cotton is a weave that has two layers of threads woven one above the other. Double-cotton fabrics are attention-grabbing and look cool, sober and appealing to the eyes.

3. Twill

Twill is the most ancient and trendiest form of the weaving technique used to produce diagonal lines called “wales” which are repeated regularly.

Handwoven Fabrics in Everyday Routine

Handwoven fabrics have their charm and charisma. The rich colors, beautiful aesthetics and the traditions and culture that a handwoven fabric depict are to die for.

People love to use handwoven fabrics in their everyday routines. Handwoven scarfs are of considerable importance nowadays and look ethereal.

Ethiopian Women scarf

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