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Warp & Weft: Weaving History
The tools and the results of fibre innovation and art
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Ribbon loom with jacquard head
c. 1900
The overlooked art of ribbon weaving
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Power loom
1926
A loom that began a manufacturing empire
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Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism
Warner and Sons
1810
How silk weaving leads to the internet
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Woman's ceremonial coat or mantle (chirpi, chyrpy, chyrpe) of black woven silk and cotton (?) with inserts of red, yellow and white woven silk and cot, cotton/silk (As1993,27.17)
20thC(early)
Why weave? It holds patterns.
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Textile, woven hanging cloth (from Christian church), Christian (Af1973,38.1)
African textile arts bring color to life
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Cut-pile embroidered woven raffia textile, raffia palm leaf (Af1948,32.26)
Palm fibres can also be woven
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Linen textile, linen, Middle Kingdom (1905,0516.11)
Extremely old but like new
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Triumph
1950-1959
In solving one problem, creating another
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Undyed linen textile decorated with tapestry-woven coloured wools, linen/wool, Coptic (1906,0611.12)
5thC
A mixed fibre-tapestry for tactile art
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Hammock (with pompoms) made of plain, naturally dyed cotton yarns, woven on a man's tripod loom in strips of cloth which were then sewn together, cotton (Af1934,0307.183)
20thC(early)
Different looms, just as effective
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Feather cloak, kahu kiwi, with kiwi feathers and three woollen borders. Woven in double-pair twining, with five warps per centimetre and wefts spaced, flax/kiwi feather/... (Oc1914,1215.1)
Even feathers can be woven
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Woman's wrap-around outer garment, rida' ahmar (red garment), gold/cotton/... (Af1998,01.81)
1998
A highly prestigious shawl
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Narrow-strip cloth sample (aso oke, cotton/lurex/... (Af1996,07.151)
1995
Using structure to create colour
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Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of a man and woman carding cotton, paper (1984,0124,0.1.56)
19thC
Pre-weaving: the cotton process

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