the loom upstairs

January 24, 2010

since we have studied textile design, part of our trip was devoted to seeing various treatments and weavings of textilesin essaouira, one man invited us in to see his loom, situated in the upstairs loft of a ten by ten foot room.  it was evident that he took great pride in his work, and wanted to share that with us… so we climbed the ladder and took a peek at how he spends his days.

again, i took a short video, but it really doesn’t capture everything that is going on with the machine as it happens….  there wasn’t a lot of room to move around.  he is basically tying the string to a spool (shuttle) which will be shot back and forth in order to create the weft part of the cloth, the warp strings are the taunt strings that are tied before the weaving can begin.

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One Response to “the loom upstairs”

  1. kseverny Says:

    thats actually a complex looking piece of equipment


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