Bhutan Tour 2017 – Day 6

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The loom used for weaving wool. A four-shaft floor loom. Very primitive with re-bars on top to hang the pulleys from. Quite a change from back strap looms with fine and dense warp threads. The wool warp and weft threads were not so fine or dense.

A close up of the wool loom that shows how primitive the mechanism is to hold tension on the warp beam. Re-bar again. Making a ratchet is difficult and many other solutions to keeping warp tension exist.

This is how the cloth beam folds the tension.

This is the woven cloth. It’s a plain weave with supplementary wefts.

This guy took my picture. Up close.

This guy held on tight to his toy at the festival.

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