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Object #   1998-83/372
Object name   Loom
Culture of Origin   Nuosu, Yi
Materials   Wood, Wool, Fabric, Woven
Exhibit Label   Only women weave the woolen cloth used to make skirts and fringed capes. A weaver sets her backstrap loom anywhere she can find reasonably even ground, pegging down one end of the warp threads and supporting the loom with a strap around her waist. She passes the woof yarn with the shuttle back and forth from left to right with both hands, and after each pass pulls hard with the wooden batten to pack the woof tightly. Nuosu women produce both a plain weave and a twill fabric.It takes a full day for a skilled weaver to make two cloth strips; a cape requires eight of them.

Dimensions   L: 130.0 cm
Source   Museum Expedition - Anthropology Division
Credit   Gift of the Blakemore Foundation


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