Monday, May 7, 2012

Al Sadu, traditional weaving in the United Arab Emirates

Today's entry:

I found this interesting, and hope you will, too. I am always amazed at our ingenuity as a species. There are so very many ways to make cloth: weaving, felting, knitting, crochet, and other looping techniques; and then so very many varieties of working within each of those methods. The link below will take you to a fascinating video.

Al Sadu, traditional weaving skills in the United Arab Emirates | Intangible cultural heritage - UNESCO Multimedia Archives

In this weaving tradition, the patterns of the weave are created as the warp is put on the loom. The weft (the yarn woven between the warp strands) is beaten down so much that it doesn't show at all. This is the same technique used in inkle weaving (belts, bands, etc. - think guitar strap).

Also: new items in Yarnpro's Cottage Workshop - keep checking; we are getting more ideas than we can keep up with!

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