Scaffold Weaving

Beweave It!

We all know that tapestry weaving involves discontinuous weft, but have you ever seen weaving with discontinuous warp and weft? It’s called scaffold weaving, and it’s been around for at least a thousand years. In scaffold weaving, warp threads are clasped during warping, then the sections of warp are woven separately. As the weaver nears the end of a scaffolded section, the shed diminishes, so the pattern must be needle-woven near the warp joins. The Incas used this technique to make geometric stair-step designs that expressed their religious beliefs, and some scaffolded pieces were even woven, shibori or “tie-dyed”, and reassembled to form new designs.

Weavers in Pitumarca create

a scaffolded warp

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