Materials & Techniques

Dummy Warp

The tail end of a treadle-loom woven warp from which the cloth has been cut, but still passing through the heddles and reed. When a new warp is put on the loom, the ends of the dummy warp are tied to it, eliminating the need to thread the new warp through the heddles and reed.

Excerpt from

Ann Rowe, “Glossary,” in Weaving and Dyeing in Highland Ecuador, edited by Ann Rowe, Laura Miller and Lynn Meisch (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007): 289-295.