Weaving is an ancient craft that humans developed to meet the basic needs of clothing and shelter. Recent investigations have uncovered evidence of weaving in Europe as early as 27,000 years ago. The craft developed into an art form that has flourished in every culture around the world. Weaving is truly one of the “common threads” of human kind.
The artistic quality of Peruvian Andes textiles has been a source of awe for centuries. Intricate patterns and vibrant natural colors have made the piece collector’s items since the time of the Spanish conquistadors of the 15 th century. In the days of the Incas, the status of a person was obvious by the weave of the clothes he wore. The tighter the weave and more complicated the pattern, the longer it took to make and the greater the pride of the wearer.
Weaving was not allowed by the British in Colonial America. Colonist were supposed to send unfinished goods like cotton and flax to Britain and buy finished cloth back from England. Nonetheless, many people wove cloth in Colonial America
Chilkat blankets were traditionally woven by the Tlingit Indians out of mountain goat hair and cedar bark. They were five-sided, deeply fringed and were worn as capes during important ceremonies. The Chilkat blanket-weaving tradition largely died out a hundred years ago, and the antique ones now cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Common expressions origins in WEAVING Shuttle – is a tool that carries the weft back and forth across the warp and a space shuttle goes back and forth from space. At loose ends – is unfocused and confused and it comes from loose warp ends and a problems they present to the weaver. New lease on life – means getting a fresh start and it derived from a warp lease that is used to separate warp ends to keep them organized.
Weaving Vocabulary Shed – the opening created when alternate warp threads are raised and lowered Tabby – a simple weave where the weft alternates over one and under one warp end Weaving – to make a fabric by interlacing warp and weft threads