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Weaving Around the World
Transcript of Weaving Around the World
Let's Explore Cultures that Create Textiles!
The Navajo Indians live in four corners area of the U.S., which is Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. They originally wove blankets for use as cloaks, dresses and saddle bags. Today they are also woven into rugs. Navajo designs have a distinctive geometric pattern.
In Guatemala, Mayan women use what's called a backstrap loom for weaving fabric for clothing and other necessities. One end of the loom is tied to a tree while the other end is wrapped around one's back.
Kente cloth is woven in Ghana which is located in Africa. It is traditionally only woven by men and worn by those of royalty.
Kente Cloth Weavers
Daisy Taugelchee is one of the most famous Navajo weavers for her finely woven designs
Beautiful embroidery can be added to the weaving. Girls learn to weave as early as 7 years old!
Kente cloth is recognizable by it's distinct patterns of vibrant geometric designs. The colors the weaver uses in his design has a lot of symbolism. For example, blue means harmony and gold represents royalty.
A tartan weaving has the look of what we call plaid. Traditionally, it was woven as a blanket that was gathered and belted at the waist. At one point in history, the Scottish people where banned by the English from wearing their tartan kilts. These weavings hold a lot of history for the people of Scotland.
Weavers of Peru
Weaving a Persian rug is a very tedious process. Instead of simply weaving over and under, the weaver has to also tie a series of knots in between the woven threads.
A sari is a traditional dress worn by women in India. They are often made of silk and woven.
Weaving a sari can take a few months or a few years. Because they are so large, they require a lot of silk and time to be woven.
Ancient Egyptian Weaving
The Ancient Egyptians wove but they did not use the wool. Instead, they wove with flax which is one of the strongest natural fibers grown.
What is Weaving?
Weaving is the process of creating something by creating a pattern of over and under. Baskets, blankets, clothing, rugs and furniture can be created by weaving. Let's talk about weaving a textile or fabric!
To create a weaving you need a loom, a needle, warp and weft string. People all over the world weave. Let's learn about them!
High in the Andes Mountains, people of Peru weave as they have done for centuries. They use the wool of llamas and alpaca for their back strap weavings.
Silk Weaving in China
Weaving with silk originated in China. Silk comes from the silk worm. It is a very fine fiber that the silk worm creates for his cocoon. The silk is unwound from the cocoon like thread from a spool.
Silk has been woven into many kinds of textiles in China such as clothing, tapestries which are pictures created in fabric, and wall hangings.