Materials & Techniques

Counterbalance Loom

Type of treadle loom most common in Ecuador, in which shafts are connected to each other at the loom, usually by cords passing over pulleys. Thus, depressing a treadle causes that shaft to sink, and the connecting shaft to rise, which opens a shed for passage of the weft.

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.