Gandhi quoted: ‘the art that is machine made appeals only to eyes but the art of handloom appeals to heart first than eyes’. The industry is driven by its heritage and legacy, so innovation and revival of textiles over handloom becomes more interesting. In this existing era of rampant automation and mechanization of doing everything handmade articles has achieved luxury stature because it's rare. There are not many who offer wide career opportunities on various handlooms across the light and breath of Indian subcontinent. All we need is patience, love for art and exclusivity.
The year 2015 has been as good as the year 2014 and 2013 in terms of people's love for handloom. In fact the love is ever increasing. Technology has made the world a global village hence the demand of handloom textile has gone up by multiple levels which makes restoration a very bright career option.
What are the prospects of a career in Restoration of Old Handloom?
It requires your heart and soul to understand the nature of loom and yarn in order to revive the techniques of working and hence the textiles. So the prospect varies from your level of indulgence in process doing something that has not been done before.
What are the Job prospects?
With so many designers, business houses investing in handloom, the job prospects are very bright in industry.
What is the scope of this career?
Working on ground level over looks gives you ample scope of establishing your own business where is sky is the limit.
What is the remuneration?
Starting from internship Rs. 15000 to being a textile designer at Rs. 1, 00,000 a month, the remuneration depends on your level of indulgence and knowledge about it to make things happen.
Is there an eligibility criterion for the same?
A degree in textile science does help in establishing your cords well with looms than learning them straightaway on the floor.
The author is Designer, Brand ‘Karan Arora’
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