Materials & Techniques

Intertwining

A fabric structure in which pairs of twining elements enclose or pass through opposing pairs of twining elements. In oblique intertwining, the twining elements move on opposed diagonals, on courses that are oblique to the edges of the fabric. In simplest variation found in Peru, each twining pair encloses only one element of the opposite pair.

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, from Irene Emery, The Primary Structures of Fabrics (Washington D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1966, 2009): 64.