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: 

  • bserving the machine-weaving process for defects
  • removing defects in the cloth by cutting and pulling out filling
  • examining automated looms to determine the causes of stoppages
  • marking or cutting cloth to specified lengths
  • replacing bobbins on non-automatic looms

How to Enter

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

What to Study

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.


  • textile manufacturers
  • clothing factories
  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own weaving operation

Further Information

South African Institute for Entrepreneurship
P O Box 13805
Mowbray, 7705
Tel: (021) 447-2023 Fax: (021) 674-3920
Email: ventures@entrepreneurship.co.za

Getting Started

  • develop an interest in the composition and weave pattern of all fabrics
  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a textile weaving factory
  • arrange to speak to weavers about this career and ask permission to observe them at work

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