Friday, July 20, 2007


I cannot resist books, especially books having to do with weaving. And The Textile Museum’s gift show has a goodly supply. The difficulty is choosing but one.

After looking at all the possibilities, I settled on a book published just this year called Weaving and Dyeing in Highland Ecuador. It is a collection of essays edited by Ann Pollard Rowe. The book discusses primarily backstrap weaving but focuses on many of the manipulative techniques used in backstrap weaving. Of these techniques, supplementary warp patterning dominates. But there is also considerable discussion of ikat techniques, something which especially interests me.

There are, as well, chapters on treadle loom weaving and on natural dyeing.

The book is going to be a heavy read, something not to be skimmed through quickly. But there are also lots of photographs to break up the text. I look forward to starting the book.

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