Backstrap weaving is an ancient art practiced for centuries in many parts of the world. Most tend to think of this technique being used in South America. However Asia is well known for Backstrap weaving as well. We saw examples of this type of weaving in Nepal and Bhutan.
The yarns are rolled on a wooden stick in a right order to have desired color combination. Then warping is done using bamboo sticks fixed on the ground or on wooden polls fixed on a wooden plank or on ground. The warp is rolled on warping beam. After warping, dressing is done. It is the process, where thread from the warp is inserted through the reed made with the wooden stick placed with nylon or cotton cords. They use Two piece of wooden sticks are used as heddles. The heddles help to pick up alternative warp threads to create a shed through which the weft can be passed. To weave the weft is passed through the warp with the help of reed. They change weaving style, weft and reed to have different pattern and texture of the cloth.
Once finish weaving, the fabric is taken out from the loom. Now, the fabric is ready for producing accessories. The fabrics are used to make bags, accessories, clothing and other purposes. Now, this fabric has wider application such as place mat, table runner, bags, and jackets and so on.
If you want to learn more about Backstrap weaving or want to take up a new hobby this link bellow is a great resource.
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