The Book of Looms: A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present

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UPNE, 1993 - Crafts & Hobbies - 176 pages
The handloom--often no more than a bundle of sticks and a few lengths of cordage--has been known to almost all cultures for thousands of years. Eric Broduy places the wide variety of handlooms in historical context. What influenced their development? How did they travel from one geographic area to another? Were they invented independently by different cultures? How have modern cultures improved on ancient weaving skills and methods?

Broudy shows how virtually every culture, no matter how primitive, has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of primitive cultures that created magnificent textiles with the crudest of tools and demonstrates that modern technology has done nothing to surpass their skill or inventiveness.
 

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A Brilliantly written book, easy to read and fascinating stories interwoven (no pun intended) into what some might find a boring subject - anything but! Fabulous and helped me with my dissertation, thank you.

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Excellent resource on the evolution of the weaving loom. This book takes the reader through the history of the weaving loom from around the world and from ancient times to today. Highly recommend this book.

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Contents

Introduction
7
2 The Warpweighted Loom
23
The Twobar Loom
38
4 Pueblo and Navajo Looms
63
5 The Backstrap and Other Primitive Looms
76
6 The Treadle Loom
102
7 The Drawloom
124
8 The Modern Loom
138
Bibliography
170
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ERIC BROUDY, a former freelance writer and editor, now devotes his time to fine art photography and public arts management.

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