The art of weaving


The art of weaving

The art of weaving
An Egyptian spin off

The whirl

A pattern
a mechanism repeating
From microcosm to macrocosm

The spin of the universe

Old toys
Used as scientific objects
Used to study

The spin of the earth

When the toy spins around its axis
It orients parallel to the axis of the earth
And swings like the direction of the earth’s revolution

A gyro static property

Archaeologists discovered spinning discs
Classified as tops
To study the spin of the earth

Also, used as spintol
A way to spin the linen

The weaving movement

The measure
of the spin of a particle
In angular momentum

A question in genesis of quantum physics:
The origin of spin
Still, unsolved


Egyptian tops
Found in different sizes

Weaving begins with spinning.
It was done with distaff and spindle.
It was a royal art, mostly exercised by men.

The spinning wheel was invented in the 14th century


In British museum of London
Room 62-63
egyptian death and afterlife…

I saw the mummies
40 years ago…

Ra M’ses II

One notices…
and then it sinks
And sinks
And sinks…

It was a unique experience.
Hard to translate
Which I tried with this poem


To my Indian weaver friends…

I hope India will not allow the industrialization
of its weavering and textile manufacturing.

I hope the government will help all those families
to continue their work of art on small scale
Sustained by structures they own and understand.

I hope the art of weaving which was the first spin off
of scientific research by the Egyptians
will find modern engineers and scientists
to translate this old craftmanship and mastership in new ways.

I hope India will not enter the pressure
Of foreign investors looking for cheap work
Destroying local manufactures and weavers.

In our countries craftsmanship was destroyed
Family business was destroyed
Industrialization imported
And now exported
Leaving human deserts…

I hope the intelligentsia of India
Will reflect to find new ways
And not apply destructive structures
Shortsighted after easy money.

And this humble request
Extends to all politicians
Restore and preserve craftsmanship



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16 Replies to “The art of weaving”

  1. Hi there and thank you for your website. I think your writing style is very unique and I appreciated reading this. I agree with your message here, that it will be better for the weaving in India to remain as a family business instead of becoming more industrialized. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  2. I do not totally understand what hku have written here but it seems like you’re trying to say that the art of weaving is diminishing in India and you are hoping that the government will help  try to revitalize it. Weaving is a very great art and my sister does weaving. I hope something will be done about the issue.

  3. Hi On. Thank you for a very different website and post. I first thought that your blog would be all about weaving. I then thought it was all about poetry. I finally realised I was wrong on both counts. It seems to me that your article is all about the poetic nature of weaving. But I could be wrong. In any case I enjoyed it and the history lesson as well as the call to action for the Indian government. All the best. Jim

    1. Hi Jim!

      The great spiritual masters of India were weavers . And in Egypt it was the secret knowledge of a few… An allegory of our live weaven with a hidden treat…

      Thank you for the beauty of your interpretation, much enjoyed as Ell

      Em hetep

  4. Wow, I was captivated by your subject matter way before I actually realised I was reading a kind of poem-post (if you don’t mind me calling it that?). Very inspiring and the most interesting page I’ve read on the internet today!

    You seem to have a strong link with Egypt and I’m wondering how this first came about – what initially led you to relate so strongly with this ancient civilization/country? 

    Very interesting read.

    1. Hi Chris… ancient cicilizations are captivating indeed. And reading old scriptures, documents is a joy that comes near to heaven. The written word was sacred and sacred its words…  Thank you for liking… A visit to Egypt and the Nile region is the most beautiful experience of my life… and my kinship with old Egypt…

      Em hetep

  5. This is a really beautiful piece I must say. The beauty of woven products is unmatched and from time there have been little development in the means ways at which weaving is done. Some time around last year I went on a health development trip to Africa, the weaving there is really nice but they aren’t developed. Improving the technological methods of making products would help alot.

    My opinion

    1. Em Hetep Dane!

      It is a work of genious indeed and needs a lot of knowledge. As long as the whole process is not industrialized it is ok…. Means can be improved and must be improved where necessary.

  6. I’ve never thought of weaving as the fine art of Egyptians. An art mostly done by men, an art that starts with spinning. Royal Art.

    In that sense, I have to say that this has profoundly changed how I view weaving. Before I truly saw it as something only for women, something incredibly feminine but the wisdom and this testimony of past within this poem managed to show me it in a different, fascinating light.

    And I truly, too, hope that the industrialization of India does not leave a desert of humans, exactly as you mentioned.

    Cheers, and have a Great One!


  7. I actually learned so much about weaving just from this little piece. I had no idea weaving in the past was this royal art only done by men. I mean, they don’t exactly teach you the kind of fascinating facts in school. In our country, it’s referred to as the job of a woman to a point where if a man wants to pursue it he gets laughed at and ridiculed heavily. If only they knew how wrong they are about that. The ignorance.

    With “Ra M’ses II” were you referring to the Pharaoh of Egypt? Was that the mummy you saw?

    Have a Wonderful Day!


    1. Dear Rasa

      What a beautiful ancient name you have … Raisa means princess in old semantic languages… and in old sanskrit as well!

      Ra means understanding light 

      And sa understanding heart 

      Yes, school is not the best place to learn anymore. There was a time only masters shared their knowledge… and it is a great privilege to be able to read ancient writings and to be teached by them… 

      Yes, it was the great pharaoh that I saw… and it was the begin of a long quest

      Em hetep

  8. Hahaa. I thought I stumbled upon a site where I was going to see a step by step guide on how to learn to weave.

    But I see a totally different thing, something unique in its own way.

    I am not really into poet/poetry, but if I am guessing this is one of such.

    One that is still focused on weaving bit in a different way.

    If what you speak of is a reality, then I do hope Indians will surely not lose their art of weaving due to political schemes and hope everything works out in the long run.

    Thanks for sharing, it was unique in its own way.


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