Thoppia is a brand established in 1998, which sells soft home furnishings that are 100% pure cotton. Not just ‘cotton’ or ‘pure cotton’, but 100% pure cotton products for every modern home. The name is derived from ‘Thoppian’, which is the name of a renowned traditional weavers’ family from Kannur. Thoppians are one of the most authentic cotton fabric manufacturers in India. Thoppia offers products that are durable and modern by combining traditional handicraft with the latest fashion trends.
The dedicated weavers associated with the brand are from Kannur, which is rightly called ‘the land of looms and lores’. The weavers’ commitment to quality is ingrained in every fiber of the fabric they weave. The entire life cycle of the fabric – from choosing the yarn, dyeing it, weaving it, to stitching it – is done in-house under close supervision. This gives scope for greater control over quality standards.
Thoppia began as a home decor retail company in 2010, but in 2017 it transformed itself into an online store. Starting with a brick-and-mortar retail model in Bangalore, it moved on to the online retail model completely by shipping products all across the country and promoting the skilful products and meticulousness of Kannur’s master weavers.
The Thoppians wanted the whole of India to experience their quality products. Thoppia online was established with this aim. Thoppia ships its products all over India, including the customized ones. That brings us to a unique and exciting feature about the Thoppia’s online store- the Customization feature. Every home is different, deserving a unique character and a personal touch. So Thoppia’s customization page lets you to choose the fabric, dimensions, the desired lining and stitch too to make your home look unique.
However, it does have a Home decor experience store in Bangalore – established in 2018. Those looking for home décor in Bangalore can always visit this store to find something genuine in cotton furnishings. Curtains, cushion covers, throws, bath towels, bed sheets – you name it. It’s got a wide range of 100% pure cotton as well as linen furnishings for every customer, anywhere in India.
Weaving is the process of interlacing fiber threads to make textiles. It is a remarkable craft which utilizes wooden tools such as looms, frames, and shuttles. An incredible art in and of themselves, these tools have been used by the traditional weavers of India to weave quality garments since ages. India is still one of those countries that creates its textiles from the magic looms of the master weavers.
When he’s not traveling, one can spot him behind the lengthy bundles of colorful threads, weaving elegant fabrics out of his loom. Even at the age of 73, Bhaskaran is not ready to retire. All this because, he has made it his mission in life to revive the fine tradition of cotton weaving in India. His craftsmanship is embellished with a sense of pride in what he is and what he creates.
What does it mean to be a woman with an artistic craft? It requires the courage to step away from the mainstream and limiting ideas of femininity. She is just one among many compassionate handloom weavers of this land of master weavers. With an eye for detail and graceful efficiency, Kanaka weaves extremely fine threads of cotton.
Mr. C Mukundan
Combing through the 60-meter-long threads, C Mukundan sits to take away knots and glitches from the fabric to make them loom-ready. This passionate weaver is the first one to reach the mill and the last one to leave. He has a unique eye for detailing and the efficiency of an excellent weaver.
Govindan, the 72-year-old independent artisan, strongly believes in earning for himself and has an undying will to continue his passion. He is an expert in winding, warping, and weaving.
These are some of the master weavers of Kannur, who makes the land – the Land of Looms and Lores. Regions and communities throughout India have unique weaving traditions. But with a distinct quality, custom and pattern, fabric from Kannur have always stood out in the international market with much pride and glory, the land where thoppia also started its story decades ago. Customers from around the world appreciate the beauty and quality of the fabrics from Thoppia for the same reason. The generation of these expert weavers are sure to guard the weaving tradition in the coming years and will not let the looms lie lifeless.