Materials & Techniques

Reed

A rectangular framework with closely spaced slats, originally made of split reeds, but now often made of metal, through which the warp yarns pass on a treadle loom. The reed is mounted in the beater on the loom, but is detachable so that reeds with different spacing of the slats can be exchanged. The reed keeps the warp yarns evenly spaced as well as serving to beat in each new weft pass.

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.