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Day 10 - During our visit to a traditional weaver's cooperative in Chinchero we had the opportunity to see how they work and to accompany the weaving process from the beginning (to see the previous steps please check previous posts). Here we see her weaving using a loom, which is a machine or device for weaving thread or yarn into textiles. They can range from very small hand-held frames (like the one she is working with), to large free-standing hand looms (the one in he workshop), to huge automatic mechanical devices.
In practice, the basic purpose of any loom is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of the weft threads (a wider view of her is posted as WS to show more how this loom looks like). In general, weaving involves the interlacing of two sets of threads at right angles to each other: the warp and the weft (the yarn which is shuttled back and forth across the warp to create a woven fabric). The warp are held taut and in parallel order by means of a loom. The loom is warped (or dressed) with the warp threads passing through heddles on two or more harnesses. The warp threads are moved up or down by the harnesses creating a space called the shed. The weft thread is wound onto spools called bobbins. The bobbins are placed in a shuttle which carries the weft thread through the shed. The raising/lowering sequence of warp threads gives rise to many possible weave structures from the simplest plain weave (also called tabby), through twills and satins to complex computer-generated interlacing." (From Wikipedia)For me that never had seem that before it seem rather complicated!

I'm a bit disappointed about the little attention this series is getting, but the purpose here is to incentivate and valorizes the wonderful work done by those women by getting people to know better what they do, so I'll continue to post. The picture was just resized for the web. Any critic for technical improvements on the shots is more them welcome. Thanks for the visit.

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