Materials & Techniques

Plain Weave

The simplest possible interlacing warp and weft elements in which each weft element passes alternately over and under successive elements (over one, under one), and each reverses the procedure of the one before it. Also called tabby, taffeta weave, linen weave, cloth weave, checker weave.


Excerpt from

Irene Emery, The Primary Structures of Fabrics (Washington D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1980, 2009): 76, cited in 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.