Materials & Techniques

Backstrap Loom

Indigenous loom in which tension is maintained by a strap passing around the weaver’s back or hips. The variable tension created by the weaver leaning forward and backward tends to draw the warp yarn closer together.

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.