Carpet seller meets skilled weavers in India
A CARPET seller travelled to rural India to meet the skilled weavers who make her beautiful products.
Lucy Robey runs The Weave at Clarence Mill with husband Tim, supported by sons Felix, seven, of Bollington Cross Primary school and Nathaniel, three, of First Steps Nursery.
The business sells a variety of hand woven carpets and rugs.
Lucy visited a village outside Jaipur in rural Rajasthan to meet some of the weavers who work over many months to complete a carpet.
Lucy said: “It was a trip of a lifetime.
“Each carpet takes around six to eight months and typically involves four women weaving together on the same loom. Each piece of pile represents the tail end of a single knot so each carpet contains around 1.5 million knots. For the weavers this offers a reliable income which is not linked to agriculture.
“With the guarantee of a steady wage the women can make savings, and afford schooling and access to healthcare.
“Removing the middlemen and improving the direct relationships with the artists gives us transparency over how the goods are produced and cuts financial overheads so we can pass on the benefits to our weavers and customers.”
●● One of the village weavers in India. Inset: Lucy Robey