LOVE BY LOOM

Hand weaving is a labor of love. It is an integral part of an indigenous woman's daily life and an important responsibility she passes on from generation to generation. We work very closely and on an ongoing basis with weavers in Guatemala and India, providing regular work and sustainable economic development to continue a rich weaving legacy.

Weaving is a tradition of textile making that remains one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world dating back 2,000 years. This ancient art uses solely manual power to form fiber to cloth. Meaning: no energy and zero waste. Hand weaving is the core manufacturing practice of Sicks. It allows us to develop low-impact products, helping to restore the balance of our planet.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our textiles are hand woven on non-mechanized looms. Only the energy exerted by the artisans body movements is spent. There is zero carbon emissions emitted during the production of handwoven textiles.

MATERIALS

We use certified organic cottons and AZO-free dyes.

ARTISANS

We employ skilled artisans in remote villages directly, elevating them into new, global markets and empowering them through steady, fair income. We celebrate and honor the weavers as artists.

Sustainability

Our textiles are hand woven on non-mechanized looms. Only the energy exerted by the artisans body movements is spent. There is zero carbon emissions emitted during the production of handwoven textiles.

Materials

We use certified organic cottons and AZO-free dyes.

 

Artisans

We employ skilled artisans in remote villages directly, elevating them into new, global markets and empowering them through steady, fair income. We celebrate and honor the weavers as artists.

HAND-SPINNING

Spinning is the tradition of turning raw fibers into yarn. It is a crucial step to the process of weaving a textile. The artisan takes a clump of raw cotton and twists it into string using a spinning wheel. The thread ends up on a stick, called a spindle, which later gets used for weaving. For thousands of years humans have been hand-spinning fiber into yarn.

 

TYPES OF LOOMS

The Foot Loom

Foot loom weaving is a fabric production style that offers a greater quantity of fabric with innovate designs. Both men and women dominate the global foot loom industry.

The Back Strap Loom

Backstrap looms are the most down to earth weaving instruments used by women across the world. The loom requires strength and intelligence and consists of sticks, rope, and a strap that is worn around the weaver's waist. Figures, called brocade, are woven into the cloth at the same time the cloth is forcefully thrust into shape. Women who operate these looms are master weavers, often building elaborate designs from memory.

The Back Strap Loom

Backstrap looms are the most down-to-earth weaving instruments used by women across the world. The loom requires strength and intelligence and consists of sticks, rope, and a strap that is worn around the weaver's waist. Figures, called brocade, are woven into the cloth at the same time the cloth is forcefully thrust into shape. Women who operate these looms are master weavers, often building elaborate designs from memory.

The Foot Loom

Foot loom weaving is a fabric production style that offers a greater quantity of fabric with innovate designs. Both men and women dominate the global foot loom industry.



made by hand,
made to last