Exploring Backstrap Weaving OnDemand Web Seminar

Join Cynthia Alberto as she discusses how to backstrap weave in the traditional Guatamalan fashion.
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Exploring Backstrap Weaving:

Learn How to Create Textiles Using the Traditional Guatamalan Technique

Backstrap weaving, an ancient technique that has continued to thrive since the Pre-Columbian era, was historically passed down over the generations through Mayan women. Over the centuries, the backstrap weaving technique has remained unchanged, and is one of the ways in which Mayan women have preserved their identity and culture. With one end of the loom bound to a post or tree while the other is tied around the weaver’s waist, the weaver becomes just as much a part of the loom as the weaving itself. During this course, students will learn how to create and weave on their own backstrap loom, as we create exquisite weavings inspired by the Mayan culture.

With great respect for global weaving traditions, Cynthia founded Weaving Hand in 2007. Weaving Hand focuses on the fiber-based traditions of Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Indonesia, Bhutan, Philippines, Japan, Laos, Morocco and Tibet. A former employee of Stephanie Odegard Collection, Cynthia was inspired by hand-knotted rugs that sustained weaving communities, while also raising awareness and building respect for the legacy of textile and carpet weaving. Cynthia also works with Guatemalan weavers and have partnered with various Guatemalan cooperatives. Mayan Hands is one of the weaving cooperatives Weaving Hand have partnered with.

You'll learn how to

  • Create a woven sampler with various weaving structures
  • Learn how to dress the backstrap loom
  • Explore the experience of weaving with the backstrap loom
  • Discover the feeling of weaving from an ancient loom

Weavers should download this web seminar download who want to...

  • Experience traditional weaving.
  • Learn about cultural textiles.
  • Learn how to use the pick up stick.
  • Learn how make string heddles.
  • Experience how to weave on Backstrap loom.
  • Want to have fun.
  • Want a challenge.

About the instructor, Cynthia Alberto:

Cynthia Alberto is an artist, teacher and the founder and director of Weaving Hand. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City, she studied textile surface design with a specialization in weaving. Her personal work as a weaver and fiber artist is to bridge traditional and contemporary forms of weaving, working with conventional materials as well as wires, hairs and other materials. Cynthia is also a backstrap weaver and works with Mayan Guatemalan weavers in Guatemala, Indonesian weavers in Flores Island and New York.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP9964
Product Type Video Download
Author/Designer Cynthia Alberto
Reviews
Customer Reviews (1)
As an overview it's great ... but, you will not learn how to weave.
I rated this poorly because it was described as a teaching video. If you have never seen backstrap weaving it will be interesting but don't expect to know how to do it after viewing this.

The description of the video says that you will learn the following:
What You’ll Learn
Create a woven sampler with various weaving structures
Learn how to dress the backstrap loom
Explore the experience of weaving with the backstrap loom
Discover the feeling of weaving from an ancient loom

Unfortunately you would have to be a very experienced weaver to pick up anything from this presentation. I know how to weave on a backstrap loom and I kept waiting for the instruction to start but it was simply a slideshow of people learning at the author's studio and a lot of very interesting woven pieces with a touch of history.
Review by Terry (Posted on 10/29/2015)
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