There are two types of weavers: hand weavers and operators of mechanised weaving machines. Hand weavers weave cloth on table or floor looms. They need to have sufficient knowledge of the weaving process to enable them to control the quality of the final product.
They work either to specific instructions in a factory-type setting or independently as an artistic weaver creating their own designs.
Weavers who operate automated weaving machines in textile factories need to acquire expertise in operating the automated machinery. Their tasks include:
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.
No specific requirements for the technical college courses
Diploma: Textile Design and Technology is offered at CPUT, DUT, TUT. The duration of the course is 3 years.
TVET colleges: Several TVET colleges offer courses in weaving and can be contacted for further information. The different Weavers Guilds also offer courses from time to time.
In-service training is offered by some employers.
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