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One of the topics that fascinate me most is human ingenuity, the fact that similar solutions to the same problem can be found in times and places far distant from one another, and conversely that very different solutions can be found in the same country.

There are countless ways of tensioning and separating threads and shaping a textile object.

Over forty years ago, when weaving was unheard of in Italian schools, I saw elementary school children who knew nothing about weaving literally invent the loom when confronted by the problem of how to create different sheds.



 





 

This whole topic will be examined at greater depth in my site in the future. For the moment I can say that Eric Broudy’s book is a very interesting introduction to the development of the loom. The more modern studies of textiles don’t just analyze them, but deal with production instruments and techniques in relation to different kind of products.





 

EVOLUTION OF THE LOOMS


VENICE LAMB - JUDY HOLMES. Nigerian Weaving. Hertingfordbury, Herts. (UK): Roxford, 1980, 276 pages, b&w & col. ill., ISBN 0-907129-00-5

BEN BURT. Weaving. London: British Museum Publications, 1977, 16 pages, b&w ill., ISBN 0-7141-0070-6


H. LING ROTH. Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms. Halifax (UK): Bankfield Museum, 1951, 44 pages, b&w ill.

H. LING ROTH. Studies in Primitive Looms. Halifax (UK): Bankfield Museum, 1950, 155 pages, b&w ill.


ANN HECHT. The Art of the Loom. Weaving Spinning & Dyeing Across the World. London: British Museum Publications, 1989, 208 pages, b&w & col. ill., ISBN 0-7141-1592-4 208

NORA ROGERS and MARTHA STANLEY, edd. In Celebration of the Curious Mind. A Festschrift to Honor Anne Blinks on her 80th Birthday. Loveland, Co. (US): Interweave, 1983, 120 pages, b&w ill., ISBN 0-934026-11-4

RAOUL D'HARCOURT. Textiles of Ancient Peru and Their Techniques. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1962, 186 pages, b&w ill., ISBN 0295953314 (transl. of Les Textiles anciens du Pérou, et leurs techniques, Paris: Editions Arts et Histoire, 1934)

ERIC BROUDY. The Book of Looms. A history of the handloom from ancient times to the present. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979, 176 pages, b&w ill., ISBN 0442211058




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