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James



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 06 12:39 pm    Post subject: backstrap weaving Reply with quote
    

A few years ago, I visited Flores in Indonesia were I saw people weaving using backstrap looms. Since then, Iíve been intrigued by the simplicity of this weaving method, but been unable to find out much about it. The internet searches Iíve done give rather vague and general information which I already know, but no detail.

Does anyone know about backstrap weaving?

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 06 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

there are several weaving styles you can do by using your body as one of the tensioning points, rigid heddle weaving or Inkle weaving are probably the simplest to pick up.

marigold



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 06 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Try your local library - they should have books on weaving techniques. The staff will help if you can't find what you are looking for on the shelves.

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Kent
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 06 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I remember reading about this a while back.
The loom is suspended above the weaver and a strap is fastened to the end nearest the person,which is then strapped around behind them so they lean back and the work is tensioned.
I think it mentioned American indians having used it.

https://iweb.tntech.edu/cventura/hairsashes.html
https://home.austin.rr.com/bcustis/backstrap.html

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