Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780874516494 Published October 1993
An e-book edition will be published.

The Book of Looms

A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present

Eric Broudy

The Book of Looms

Eric Broudy

Distributed for University Press of New England

176 pages | 8 1/2 x 11
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780874516494 Published October 1993
E-book $19.99 ISBN: 9781611681376 Published September 2000
The handloom--often no more than a bundle of sticks and a few lengths of cordage--has been known to almost all cultures for thousands of years. Eric Broduy places the wide variety of handlooms in historical context. What influenced their development? How did they travel from one geographic area to another? Were they invented independently by different cultures? How have modern cultures improved on ancient weaving skills and methods? Broudy shows how virtually every culture, no matter how primitive, has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of primitive cultures that created magnificent textiles with the crudest of tools and demonstrates that modern technology has done nothing to surpass their skill or inventiveness.
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