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The Art of the Loom: Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Across the World (1989)

by Ann Hecht

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Colorful and sometimes complex textiles are still produced in many parts of the world using only the simplest tools and equipment. The Art of the Loom focuses on eight areas of special interest--Navaho weaving in North America; bedouin textiles in the Middle East; West African narrow-strip weaving; Indonesian textiles; "kasuri" resist dyeing in Japan; inlay weaving in Nepal; brocaded motifs from Guatemala; and Peruvian tapestry weaving--and describes the fibers used, the methods of spinning and dyeing, the types of loom and the techniques of weaving. Examples of the best textiles from each area are supplemented with numerous photographs of spinners, weavers, and dyers at work, and diagrams showing how the various effects are achieved. As well as providing students and anthropologists with a valuable insight into working methods in a wide variety of traditional communities, this book and the exciting textiles it illustrates will be an endless source of ideas and ispiration for practising weavers.… (more)
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The emphasis of this book is on traditional methods of weaving, spinning and dyeing still in use today, but originating hundreds of years ago and passed down from one generation to another.  (Preface)
The Loom

Weaving is the process of interlacing one set of threads, the warp, with another set, the weft, which is inserted at right angles to the warp.  (Introduction)
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Colorful and sometimes complex textiles are still produced in many parts of the world using only the simplest tools and equipment. The Art of the Loom focuses on eight areas of special interest--Navaho weaving in North America; bedouin textiles in the Middle East; West African narrow-strip weaving; Indonesian textiles; "kasuri" resist dyeing in Japan; inlay weaving in Nepal; brocaded motifs from Guatemala; and Peruvian tapestry weaving--and describes the fibers used, the methods of spinning and dyeing, the types of loom and the techniques of weaving. Examples of the best textiles from each area are supplemented with numerous photographs of spinners, weavers, and dyers at work, and diagrams showing how the various effects are achieved. As well as providing students and anthropologists with a valuable insight into working methods in a wide variety of traditional communities, this book and the exciting textiles it illustrates will be an endless source of ideas and ispiration for practising weavers.

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CONTENTS:

Preface

Acknowledgements

The loom

Spinning

Dyeing

Weaving

1. North America: The Navaho

2. The Middle East: the bedouin

3. West Africa: Narrow-strip weaving

4. South-East Asia: Indonesian textiles

5. East Asia, the Islands of Japan: Kasuri resist dyeing

6. South Asia: Inlay weaving of Nepal

7. Central America: Brocaded motifs from Guatemala

8. South America: Peruvian tapestry weaving

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