Materials & Techniques

Discontinuous Warp or Weft Yarns

Yarns that do not extend from selvedge to selvedge, but are confined to specific areas, usually allow for changes of color. In such cases the yarns turn back on themselves at the edge of each color area. When such yarns form the ground fabric of a cloth, the warp yarns are either interlocked or dovetailed, while the weft yarns may or may not be similarly joined. Our knowledge of the exact techniques with which cloths with discontinuous warp yarns were constructed is fragmentary.

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.