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
A heavily illustrated classic on the evolution of the handloom.

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 Broudy places the wide variety of handlooms in their 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 has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of early 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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About the author (1993)

Eric Broudy, a former freelance writer and editor, now devotes his time to fine art photography and public arts management.

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