January 31, 2015 § 5 Comments


two hours at the loom

her aching back

goes unnoticed





Image courtesy Flickr of woman weaving in Luba, Flores Island, Indonesia.

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§ 5 Responses to concentration

  • Trini Lind says:

    I have seen women working like this in India. They take such pride in their work, yet now, everyone wants the cheap stuff so they go to the mass produced market. Its a shame.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thanks for your comment. Trini. One can see weavers all over the ‘underdeveloped’ and ‘developing’ world. It’s sad because they receive little money in return for their labours, but it also fills me with joy as so much beauty is produced this way. Weaving is a wonderful transcendent thing as a pastime. I wonder what it’s like as an occupation?

      • Trini Lind says:

        yes. it is beautiful!! Honestly I’d rather spend lots of money on one hand weaved item than 10 mass produced items. The women I talked to said it is hard if put under pressure, but relaxing if not. They said they feel so immense proud and happiness when they finished a piece, and wondering where the piece would travel. This one woman told me she felt that a piece of her soul would be able to travel to lands far away, lands she had dreamed of but would never get to, that gave her such happiness! I felt that was really touching! ❤

  • Beautiful. The beauty of hand woven articles can never be replaced by mass production. One is art and the other is not.

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