Materials & Techniques

Back Beam

A beam at the back of a treadle loom over which the warp passes on its way from the warp beam to the heddles. Not all looms have a back beam, but helps the warp feed into the heddles more smoothly.

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.