Saturday, August 4, 2012

More Mayan Weaving

The patterns for traditional weaving are handed down from generation to generation. These textiles were almost always woven on backstrap looms, that is the tension on the warp was supplied by a harness that went around the waist of the weaver. The weaver used string heddles to raise the warp so the weft could create the patterns. A good weaver would take more than a day of weaving to produce about one linear foot of cloth. I have a greater appreciation for the final weaving because I realize the effort it took to produce it.

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