video from Laos, you can see the weaver swapping between different shuttles to change the color & create a pattern. BTW, this was filmed near Luang Prabang, Laos, which is where we bought the fabric I showed on the previous post. You'll notice that the reeds on the looms are much like the ones we have, too. And look at these looms--they are just wood & string, but they make magic!
So back to shuttles--aren't they gorgeous?! I love the different styles & shapes & the well-seasoned wood. The two darkest shuttles are from Laos (again, they're featured in the video). The two on the left are from the Czech Republic.
Remember in the previous post I wrote that a loom is just a contraption made of sticks and string?! But the sophistication of this arrangement & the sophistication of the fabric that comes out of these looms never ceases to amaze me. Here's a fine example of a shawl from Indonesia. I suspect that's the monkey king featured in the design.
I do go on, don't I?! Some more Ghanaian textiles to the right...we took this at a shop in Accra. The wall is full of mostly Kente cloth, but also some Ewe cloth & plain woven items. The Ewe and Kente tend to be strip-woven, but now they have wider looms in Ghana, too, so that explains the less intricate patterns. I think we came home with seven Kente and 3 Ewe, plus quite a bit of other stuff, too, like masks and miniature coffins (see here for an explanation of why we needed a coffin model). However, our motto is We should have bought more!