Materials & Techniques

Breast Beam

A beam at the front of a treadle loom over which the woven fabric passes on its way to the cloth beam. In this way the cloth beam can be placed out of the weaver’s way under the plane of the weaving.

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.