Warping is a process, which converts the hank yarn into a linear form that becomes the length wise component of fabric on the loom. Warp yarns are wound by hand and later woven with weft yarns in looms to make handmade cloth. This series of videos and photos show drum warping done in the village of Eravathody, Kerala.
The process starts just about sunrise. The morning mist and moisture ensures suppleness of yarns and it is important to be done with the process before the harsh sun sets in.
Usually a lone weaver starts the process by setting up elaborate wooden/bamboo contraptions on which warping is done. The distance between two ends, the wooden posts decide the length of the warp. Neighbors pour in and women join in after finishing their domilcile duties. They expect help in return when it is their time to wind the warp drum. All this needs to happen in express time as life in the street comes to standstill while warping goes on.
Eravathody is one of the (few) last outposts of handloom in India. Theirs is a tragic story and their plight is synonymous to our craze for fast fashion and cheap mill made apparel.