Developed in 1801 by Joseph Jacquard — this loom used punch cards to structure a series of operations. This loom is considered to be an important to the development toward computer programming.
Fibre artist Lia Cook talks about her jacquard loom. Lia is a featured artist in the
Crossroads episode, premiering on PBS starting 16 November 2012.
Lia Cook has been at the forefront of the intersection of craft and art, where she has recently melded techniques of 18th c. Jacquard weaving with an inquiry into brain functioning, thus combining the most basic manual technology with contemporary technology and scientific practice. Her unusual mix of old and new has garnered her international recognition.
For more information, see Craft in America.
The story of Zulu basketry is one of revival. The craft was dying because of the introduction of tin and plastic containers. A Swedish minister, Kjell Lofroth, and his wife, Bertha, witnessed the decline in local crafts. When drought struck in the late 1960s and people in the rural KwaZulu-Natal Province faced starvation, Mr. Lofroth began the Vukani (“Wake up and get going”) Arts Association to help single women support their families. Only three elderly women knew how to make baskets, but they taught others. A market, and the craft, flourished.
How basketry preserved a people — The Christian Science Monitor
This Rocking Chair Knits A Wool Cap While You Kick Back And Relax — Gizmodo Australia
Washington, DC, 1915.Silkworms in the National (Smithsonian) Museum. Helen Stuart.. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
Cocoon: 1915 — SHORPY
Home weavers in Laotian farming villages may be thousands of kilometres from Japan, but their colourful textiles, delicately hand-woven and with detailed elaborate patterns, are gaining attention in the ancient capital of Kyoto as a new material for making traditional kimono garments.
Omiya Co, a kimono wholesaler in Kyoto, is undertaking a project that uses Laotian textiles to make obi for kimono. It aims to breathe new life into the diminishing kimono market while hoping that the project will help create job opportunities for Laotian women and improve their economic status.
Laotian fabric used by kimono firm for obi — The Japan Times Online
Iranian weavers have registered a new record in the Guinness World Records for the world’s largest hand-woven carpet.
The Iranian carpet, that broke the earlier record, is 133 metre long and is about 48 metre wide and has been laid in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Each day around 1,500-2,000 people are visiting the place to see the carpet, which has been embellished with traditional Persian designs and natural colours and has over 2.1 billion knots.
It took about 18 months for the 1,200 weavers weaving the carpet in Neyshaboor city in Iran’s north-eastern province of Khorassan Razavi, to complete the job, while working in two shifts a day.
The carpet that spreads on 5,634 square meters, weighs about 48 tons. It is made up of 72 percent wool and 28 percent cotton.
Iranian weavers make world’s largest handwoven carpet — Fibre2fashion.com
It’s probably not the first thing you think of when you see a beautiful white Samoyed dog.
But next time you spot one, you might just think about knitting.
Knitting yarn spun from the fur or wool of Samoyed dogs was practiced in the 1940s.
Robyn Barr says it’s remarkably easy, with beautiful results.
She’s owned Samoyed dogs for 50 years.
“For 40 years I threw it away,” she says of the fur.
Until she didn’t.
Dog fur: A hard yarn to spin — 702 ABC Sydney