The Basics of Weaving

The Basics of Weaving

The concept of weaving is simple: interlace perpendicular sets of threads to form a fabric. Most traditional Indonesian textiles are ...
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Loom Mechanics

Loom Mechanics

On a simple loom, sticks of bamboo and polished wooden blades help the weaver raise and lower the appropriate warps, ...
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The Backstrap Loom

The Backstrap Loom

The weaver ties one end of her loom to a wall, a tree, or stakes driven into the ground, loops ...
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Ikat Tieing

Ikat Tieing

Indonesian weavers are famous for a tie-dye technique called ikat, meaning “to tie a knot”. The weaver stretches her warp ...
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Ikat Dyeing

Ikat Dyeing

When the ikat threads are dyed, the bindings resist the color, and the sections of thread they enclose remain white ...
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Double Ikat

Double Ikat

In Tenganan, Bali, weavers tie and dye the same pattern on both the warp and the weft, a technique called ...
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Batik

Batik

Batik, unlike ikat, is not dyed until after the cloth is woven. Batik artists decorate plain, finished cloth with designs ...
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Supplementary Weft Patterning

Supplementary Weft Patterning

Some weaving techniques include extra warps or wefts. A songket weaver adds supplementary wefts as she weaves, picking out patterns ...
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Supplementary Warp Patterning

Supplementary Warp Patterning

In Sumba and West Timor, some weavers create patterns with supplementary warps, a technique called pahikung in Sumbanese and sotis ...
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Slit Tapestry Weaving

Slit Tapestry Weaving

Instead of a single weft that passes through all the warps, some weavers use several weft yarns, passing them through ...
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Warp Wrap Patterning

Warp Wrap Patterning

In West Timor, some weavers wrap knots of bright thread around the warps between passes of the weft, a technique ...
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