Cotton grey fabrics, as we all in the textile making industry are aware of is much in demand in our sector. Grey of course does not denote the colour but that without dyeing or bleachingit is unprocessed and unfinished.  Cotton Monk specialises in anything related to apparel making and so, would also include supplying cotton grey fabrics.

With years of experience in the Textile Industry, we are well verse of weaving sector and we produce numerous blends of Cotton grey fabrics. Range of apparels are manufactured from the best picked fabrics from us. This has not only helped us cultivate trust amongst our clients but also co-exist as a well-knit team with them.

Our grey fabrics are used for production of shirts, trousers, boxers, industrial wears and much more. Our key markets lie in countries like USA, Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, etc with about goods of 2 lakhs meters being exported on an average.

Powerlooms in India

If the textile industry were a living, breathing person then a powerloom would definitely be its heart! From yarn to fabric, a powerloom is a machine that is used to weave clothing. It is single-handedly the most important invention that led to the textile revolution, completely changing the business of apparel manufacturing.

India is a country that is well known for its handlooms and weave patterns. While Handlooms are highly appreciated, they are also expensive and time consuming as a skilled artisan has to manually pick and beat yarns into the desired fabric. Powerloom came into the picture to help facilitate a more economical and higher production of textiles by having steam/electrically powered engines to produce the fabric.

If we were to look at the statistics of the manufacturing sector, then 20% of India’s manufacturing happens through the handloom sector, another 20% through knitting and the organised sectors and the remaining 60% from the powerloom sector. This decentralised powerloom sector is literally what the Indian Textile Industry is running on. If I were to put this statement into numbers then it’d read something like – 19,000 million meters of fabric are produced on an average using 19.42 lakhs of power looms. Not only that, but this sector also employs about 7 million Indians for its functioning. 

A majority of the registered power looms are situated in clusters across the districts of Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Madurai, Erode, Solapur, Bhiwandi, and so on. Our textile Industry, which was initially restricted to only kind of fabric production because of labour constraints has now branched into a variety of options with regards to prints, dyes, fabrics, textures and others.  

The process of powerloom weaving is relatively simple with the first step being the selection of the type, the colour and the thread count of fabric that is to be woven. Thread count is used to determine the thickness of the fabric with a higher thread count meaning a finer fabric. The process of weaving itself is done using the interlacing of two sets of yarn called warp yarn and the weft (filling) yarn.

Once the warp and the weft yarns are placed in their respective positions, the loom goes through a series of motions that are widely categorised into four categories –

  1. Shedding – It is the raising of the warp yarn to form a loop for the filling yarn to be inserted. The shed is that little space between the raised and the unraised yarns.
  2. Picking – This is the filling of the shed or the space created by the warp yarn, using the filling yarn. The weft yarn is inserted into the shed using a small divide called the shuttle.
  3. Beating Up – Is the process of strengthening or flatten each filling yarn against the portion of the fabric to make it more compact and tight.
  4. Taking Up – Winding the formed fabric / cloth into a long cylindrical structure called the cloth beam.