Laos and Bangkok for Weavers travel blog

Fixed pattern pick up suspended over the warp for pattern rotation

Peaking over the weaver's shoulder

Black is main warp, white is supplementary warp set up w/6 pattern...

The supplementary warp is weighted separately

This allows the supplementary warp its own back beam to keep the...

The warp chain nearing the end is extended all the way to...

We move on thru jet lag to Vientiane, Laos.....we arrived in the early afternoon. To keep ourselves awake we went to the Lao Textile Museum to see the teaching arm of Kanchana, a silk gallery. We found a sleepy museum owned and maintained by the Sisane family. The younger daughter of the house walked us thru the looms underneath the main pavilion. We saw

1. the pattern storage for continuos warp, more info later

2. the set up for discontinous weft brocade, pattern pick up suspended over the warp for pattern rotation

3. and the supplementary warp set up.

All looms were surround by miscellaneous weaving accessories.

Plus a new souce of bark fiber which I am sorry to say I failed to take a photo or note the name. The fiber yield looked much like hemp or linen.

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