Our Weaving Process
Today Exotic Echo Society is presently the only organization in India which works on the principle of “WOMB TO TOMB” of the loin loom weaving. It grows its own organic cotton; labels and markets loin loom products.
Naga farmers of Nagaland grow the original desi tree cotton, which is a perennial. Like a horticultural plant, the tree lives for up to 15 years.The Nagas practice Jhum cultivation. They do not irrigate, fertilize or apply pesticide, they only weed the plots where the plant is cultivated. In the first year vegetables are grown amongst the cotton saplings, in the second year maize is planted amongst the rows. In the third year only the tree cotton grows on the plot, and the bolls are picked in March-April and the yield is approx. 740 kg lint/ha.
After plucking fully ripened cotton balls, it is deseeded and separated by hand. This process is called Ginning.
Fluffing and Beating
The seeds are removed from the cotton either by hand or with the help of a pair of closely spaced rollers. The lint is then untangled and fluffed up with the aid of a bow. The fluffed fibres are laid out as a thin rectangular flat sheet. A straight wooden stick is placed lengthwise at one edge of the sheet and the mat of fibres is rolled into a tight cylindrical shaped rolag (pooni) without carding.
Thereafter, beating, fluffing and then rolling of the cotton is done into long strips for spinning into yarn. These long stripes of cotton is spun into thin yarn in spindles by hand.
Hand spun cotton yarn is then transferred from spindles to bundles before dyeing.
Cotton yarn bundles are soaked in cow dung before dyeing to increase fastening properties. Dyeing ingredients are prepared by sorting and soaking and then pounding for the dye to equally distribute. Then the cotton yarn bundle is dyed in different natural dyes.
The dyed yarn is then woven into fabric on the loinloom and finished without use of any electricity into world class organic, hand spun, naturally dyed home furnishings and other utility products
Hand Finishing and Quality Check
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