Car­pet seller meets skilled weavers in In­dia

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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

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