Although handloom has an illustrious history in the country, weaving as an art form as well as a profession, more specifically hand weaving, has been on the decline. Even traditional weavers today practice very select techniques. It is to bring back this lost glory that Naresh Ramasubramaniam conceptualised Shuttles and Needles Studio and Academy.
“More than education about weaving, it is the contemporary adaptation of the art form that makes it more relevant. Our main idea is to break the myth that weaving is for professionals and demystify the whole narrative that it’s some sort of rocket science. Also, there is this stereotype that every loom is the size of a room where you struggle all day to weave a fabric. And that is why we have put together everything laptop-sized simple hand looms to Wi-Fi enabled hi-tech looms,” says Naresh, the academy’s CEO.
As opposed to popular notion, there’s no pre-requisite education or skill level to take up weaving, says Naresh.
“You can walk in knowing nothing and walk out in awe. There is no age barrier to weaving as both an art form as well as ease of use. You can start enjoying weaving whether you are 6 or 60. We have also made the training affordable. There are DIY looms from reputed International brands and a novice can get accustomed to the process within a few hours,” he explains adding that there will be regular workshops headed by reputed names from the industry. The studio will be launched today in Adyar by Suhasini Maniratnam.