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August 26, 2017

Weaving was traditionally a scheduled caste occupation restricted to a community called Balais or Meghwals. These communities used pit looms that produced a 24" width fabric. Handlooms were introduced as they produced fabric wider than than the pit looms, and thus were more efficient. With the change in looms, people from all communities became weavers as the caste associations of pitloom weaving were removed. There is also a group of Rajput women from the village of Kada who have broken tradition to learn how to weave.

Barefoot Handloom textiles are produced by 18 weavers of the Gramin Hastshlip Vikas Society, the weavers' association based in Tilonia. Yarns for the handloom are dyed and woven, and the fabric is then stitched on the campus of the Barefoot College in Tilonia.

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