There is a village just outside Calcutta, India, where every family has a hand loom. As you pass the houses, the air is pierced by the “clack–clack–clack” of flying shuttles. In the family courtyards, threads are starched, warps are prepared, and bolts of finished cloth are evaluated with discerning eyes. In an age when cloth manufacture is dominated by computer-driven industrial mills, what are the virtues of hand weaving? What is the magic of the hand-loomed cloth?
This is our third documentary on craft. Here you will find works of great beauty and skill, ingenious variations, and delicate figures. Shot in rural locations in Africa, Laos, Indonesia, India, and Pakistan, this documentary will explore the world of looms, weaves, and artisans.
Born from a need to document the evanescent world of craft the film is part of a 4 film series of compelling and insightful documentaries.
Working mainly with India, but also with several other areas, the films document the production of embroidered, block printed, hand-woven, and naturally dyed textiles. Focusing on areas where excellence is still the tradition, these documentaries are deeply concerned with the viability of craft and the lives of the artisans.
Titles from the Documentary Series:
Through The Eye of a Needle: Stories from an Indian Desert
Through the Eye of a Needle: Stories from an Indian Desert (BOOK)
Indigo: A World of Blue
Tana Bana: Wisdom of the Loom
In Search of Lost Colour: The Story of Natural Dyes