From Tamil Nadu To Uttarakhand: Mapping India's Weaving Traditions

Here's everything you need to know about India's weaving traditions and where you can find practitioners of each art form.
Here's everything you need to know about India's weaving traditions and where you can find practitioners of each art form. MeMeraki

The weaves of India represent a rich tapestry of cultural heritage and craftsmanship, reflecting the diverse traditions and histories of the subcontinent. Each region in India boasts its unique weaving techniques, patterns, and materials, resulting in a variety of textiles that are both artistically exquisite and functionally versatile. While some weaves are well-known, others live in obscurity. As part of our mission at Memeraki to protect our artistic heritage, we collated all the weaves we know of with this map.

Weaving is an ancient technique that has been used for textiles all over the world for centuries. Weavers use a variety of materials, including thread, yarn, and fabric, to create intricate patterns in cloth. While the process may be simple in theory, weaving can be quite complex and require a great deal of skill.

In India, weaving is a long-standing tradition that has been passed down through the generations. The country is known for its intricate weaves and stunning textile production. The first evidence of weaving in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which was active from 3300-1300 BCE. 

Back then, the main purpose of weaving was to create clothing and fabric for use in everyday life. However, over time, weaving has come to be seen as a form of art, and Indian weavers have become highly skilled at creating beautiful and intricate patterns. The end result is a stunning piece of cloth that can be used for clothing, bedding, or home decor. Whether it is Bengal or Hyderabad, handloom weavers of India have been facing the same kind of problems. From being symbols of cultural expansion to having their thumbs cut off by Englishmen, Indian weavers have endured and persisted through major political upheavals in the subcontinent.

Today, weaving is not only a traditional craft but also a popular hobby, enjoyed by many people all over India. There are many different types of weaves, and each has its own unique look and feel. If you're interested in learning more about these amazing art forms, keep reading!

Weaving Traditions Across India 


Mashru Weaving

Dhabla Shawl Weaving

Kharad Weaving

Tanchoi Silk Weave

Tangaliya Weave

Patola weave

Pachedi Weave

Kachchh Shawls

Kutch Weaving


Dari weaving

Pattu Weaving

Kota Doria Weave

Jaipuri Rajai Weave

Jammu and Kashmir

Kani Weave

KashmirI Pashmina

Pattu weave

Uttar Pradesh

Kimkhab Weave

bhadohi carpets

Mirzapur Handmade Dari

Agra durries

Jamdani weaves

Naqsha brocade weaving



Wangkhei phee weave

Shapee lanphee


Ilkal Weave

Molkalmuru Silk Weave

Patteda anchu sari weave

Navalgund Durries

Mysore Silk Weave

udupi sarees

Leh Ladakh

Challi-Woolen Weaving


Khes Weave

Arunachal Pradesh

Singpho Weaving

Pailibo Weaving

Mishmi weaving

Tuensung shawls


Tsug-dul and Tsug- gdan


Panja Weave


Chakhesang shawl



Kunbi weave


Gadu or Mirijim weave

Bodo Weaving

Eri Silk Weaving

Muga Silk Weaving


Himru Weave

Paithani Weave

Ghongadi Weave

Chindi Dhurries

Karvath Kathi Sari Weaving

Tamil Nadu

Kandagi Weave

Koorainadu Weave

Kanchipuram Brocade Weave

Jamakkalam Weave

Kodali Karuppur Weave

Kornadu Weave

Arani Silk Weave

Kovai Cora Cotton Weave


Poornakumbham cotton weaving

Himachal Pradesh


Kullu Shawls





Panchachuli Weave

Chutka Blanket

Loi Blanket

Neetle fibre weaving or bichchu booti weaving


Balarampur Saree Weaving

kasaragod saree weave

Chennamangalam handlooms

Kasavu Sari Weave

Daman and Diu

Mat Weaving


Eri weave

Tap-moh khlieh



Moirang phee





Laisingphee Weaving


Lepcha Weave

Andhra Pradesh

Venkatagiri Weave

Annibuta Saree Weave

Uppada Jamdani Weave

Malkha Khadi

Bandarulanka Saree

Dharmavaram Handloom


Pochampalli Ikat Weaving

Gadwal Weave

Telia Rumal

Siddipet gollabama


Bomkai Weave

Sambalpuri Weave

Dhalapathar Parda Weave

Habaspuri Saree

Khandua Weave

Pasapali Saree


Bhagalpuri Weaving; Sikki Weaving


Kosa Silk Weave

Pata Weave

Champa Silk Weave

Madhya Pradesh

Chanderi Weave

Maheshwari Weave

West Bengal

Jamdani Weave

Dhaniakhali Weave

Madur Kathi weave

Begumpuri Weave

Shantipur/Santipore Weave

Baluchari Weave


Kuchai Silk Weave

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