Homes & Gardens


As we renew our interest in handcrafte­d design, these weavers explain how they have revived one of the world’s oldest techniques


MOMOKA GOMI @momokagomi Through her training to become a kimono dresser at the age of 17, Momoka Gomi began to appreciate the value of textiles. Fascinated by the

combinatio­n of creative freedom and mathematic­al restrictio­ns in weaving, she sought a career as a textile

artist. Her second-hand 1960s dobby loom requires no electricit­y to operate, meaning her fabrics are woven using 100 per cent human power. The slow pace inspired Momoka, and she

now creates beguiling cushion covers and long,

trailing scarves.

DALIA JAMES @daliajames­studio Coming from a family of makers, Dalia James was encouraged to continue the family tradition of working with her hands. In 2012, after graduating with a degree in textiles, she invested in an eight-shaft Ashford table loom, which has served her

well ever since. Keen to explore a more sustainabl­e approach, Dalia introduced bamboo as a new material to work with alongside spun silk. Noting Josef and Anni

Albers as some of her influences, her vivid fabrics often experiment with colour

and geometric forms.



After studying textiles and

graduating with a First, Majeda Clarke then went on to win the Cockpit Arts/ Clothworke­rs’ Foundation award. An investment in an Arm Loom enabled her to become a viable practice in a modern market, as it has a computer that stores patterns in its memory making lifting

the shafts easier. Her background as Bengali born

but brought up in Britain influences her style, inspired

equally by European aesthetics and by the patterns and enlivening shades seen in

traditiona­l Indian motifs.

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