Coir Mat Weaver

Mat Weaver

Coir Carpet Weaver

Coir Rug Weaver

The tasks a Coir Weaver (Matting) is expected to perform include:

Weaving coir matting on a handloom and mounting the wrap beam on the loom

Setting the heald frame in position and drawing the ends of the warp yarn from the beam through the healds and reeds (beater) and fastening the ends to the mat winding roll

Placing a quill of the required colour into the shuttle and pressing and relieving the levers alternately to raise and lower the heald according to the weaving design

Operating the shuttle from end-to-end to weave the matting and moving the beater forward and backward forcefully by the hand to fill the weft yarn

Passing the wooden rod between the weft and the beater and moving the beater forward and backward again to fill the weft

Removing the rod and repeating the operation using quills of specified colour according to the pattern of matting required

Drawing the broken ends of the yarn through the heald and reed and knotting them

Cutting the fibres projecting upwards with shears according to the thickness of the mat required

Rolling the matting on the mat winding roll by pressing the lever and removing the matting from the roll when the required length is woven

Knowledge about weaving coir matting on handlooms

Proficient in weaving mats, rugs and carpets using coir material

Proficient in using tools and equipment to weave coir mats

Competent in repairing old and broken coir mats and rugs

Finger and thumb agility

Knowledge of bleaching and dyeing of coir


Attention to detail

Keen observation

Alert and attentive

Good aesthetic sense

It requires one to be on their feet

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is available

Working hours
Handicraft and carpet units usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from unitto unit

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include minor injuries to the hand and fingers, fatigue, tiredness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries from needles, weaving equipment, long working hours, etc.

For freshers - INR 150 to INR 200 per day

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 200 to INR 350 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Employment Prospects and the Significant Growth of the Indian Handicrafts Industry

The story of Indian handicrafts dates back to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Indian handicrafts represent beauty, dignity, form and style. In the 1970s, the government initiated the preservation of crafts and skill upgrade with respect to the challenges the sector was facing. However the focus shifted to export in the later decades. It plays a significant role in the country?s economy and provides employment to more than 7.3 million people mostly from rural and semi-urban areas. Today, handicrafts and handcrafted gift items manufactured and exported from India are much sought after and have established an unsurpassable reputation in the international market. According to provisional data, the export of Indian handicrafts in the period of April-August 2014-15 has shown an increase of US$ 256.32 million, which is about 18.06 per cent over the same period in 2013-14.

Based on historical trends, the handicrafts sector is expected to grow by 16 per cent from 2013?17 and by another 16 per cent from 2017?22.

Coir mat and coir rug manufacturing units across India


Towns and cities across India