Materials & Techniques

Chain Warp Loops

A type of finish on the warp edge of a fabric made after the weaving is completed, found in some Peruvian tapestry-woven fabrics. Longer than normal warp loops projecting from the end of the fabric are put through each other in sequence. Presumably, the longer than normal loops result from the removal of one or more heading cords or sticks that were present when the fabric was on the loom.

Excerpt from

Ann Rowe, “Technical Glossary for Textiles,” in_Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks_, edited by Elizabeth Hill Boone (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1996): 467-469.