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


  • textile manufacturers

  • clothing factories

  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start own weaving operation

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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