Let's make a loom and use it to weave a mat from things around us. This activity guide introduces the basic concept of weaving and sheds light on how handloom clothing and textiles are made.

Learning Goals

  • Getting familiar with the process of making a loom and understanding how it works
  • Exploring a wide variety of weaving techniques, patterns, materials and woven objects
  • Developing and expressing creative ideas

Activity Resources


Materials Required

  • Waste cardboard - 8 or 11 inch
  • Thick threads available at home
  • Ruler to measure
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Strips of old cloths

Age Groups

This activity is suitable for ages 8 years & up.

Facilitation Tips

Demonstrate the activity with help from the demo video and encourage students to look around in their home or nature and share:

  • What examples can you find of weaving around you? (e.g., the nest woven by birds, a fruit basket in the kitchen)
  • What are the materials used in weaving?
  • What are the materials used to make warp and weft? (e.g., birds use hay, leaves, twigs, and many things around them)
  • What can become a frame for weaving (e.g., cloth hanger, an old photo frame)
  • What can become a warp and weft for that frame? (e.g., old t-shirt strip, saree)

Browse through the facilitator guide for tips and tricks to engage participants in maker activities in a virtual or physical learning space.

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Inspiring Artists

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Inspiring Examples


Nikita Gandhi (Tinker fellow, Unstructured Studio)