Global cultural woven traditions

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What does ashanti strip weaving produce?
Produces kente cloth
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Who is it made by and what is it known as?
Made by people in Ghana, known as most labour intensive weaving in the world.
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How wide are the strips?
Less than 10cm wide
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What is wearing kente cloth a sign of?
Sign of royalty and status as it is expensive.
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Describe patterns often produced
Geometric patterns and bold designs.
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Who traditionally do strip weaving in West Africa?
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What yarns are used to produce kente cloth?
Silk and cotton yarns are used.
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How is the cloth sacred?
Known as cloth of the kings.
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Describe the construction of ashanti strip weaving
Different coloured warps in warp and weft. Multicoloured patterns.
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What do some of the colours stand for?
White = purification, gold = royalty, green = growth, black = maturation.
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What is the legend about how it was inspired?
inspired by 2 men watching a spider make a web. Block style pattern.
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What do certain themes display?
Different concepts
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What is Ashanti strip weaving an example of?
A global cultural woven tradition.
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Describe how Guatemalan back strap looms are used
1 end of loom is attached to the weaver's body and the other attached to a building or a fixed structure.
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Describe the construction of Guatemalan back strap looms
Different coloured warp and weft yarns used in distinctive colours.
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Who did it originate from?
By artisan Mayan women in Guatemala.
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Describe the yarns used
Hairy and plain yarns.
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What colours are usually used?
Black often with colours interspersed within.
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What are common designs by Guatemalan back strap looms?
Floral and diamond simplified patterns.
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How is tension controlled?
Controlled by the worker.
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Which yarns are stronger and how does the weaver sit?
Warp yarns are stronger. Weaver sits on floor/low stool.
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Where is Guatemalan back strap weaving also done?
In Peru, China and Japan.
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What is the fabric made used for?
Clothing, towels, tablecloths, household textiles.
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Describe simple looms and how the weaver creates tension
Typically 6-7 rods. Portable. Encircles waist, weaver moves back and forwards to produce the needed tension.
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What yarns are traditionally used and what was done to them?
Cotton traditionally used. Dyed with natural plant dye.
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What do they now have access to?
Access to cotton with chemically dyed, bright colours.
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Where do natural dyed come from?
Brown from coconut shell, orange from carrots, red from crushed beetles, pink from hibiscus flower.
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Describe an artisan
A skilled craft worker who creates things by hand.
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What is done to make a cloth wider?
Two pieces are joined together by heavy embroidery stitches.
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Who is this done by?
Local communities with girls starting at a young age, however they go to school.
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What happens before IKAT weaving is done?
Warps are printed prior to weaving.
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How is the resist dyeing done?
Parts covered to protect from the dye Sections of yarns bundled together in a pattern.
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How is a shimmering effect created?
Created by staggering the pattern when strung up in the weaving loom.
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What is different about this compared to batik and tie dye?
In those 2, the resist is applied to the woven fabric.
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Which faces are patterned?
Both faces are patterned as the colour goes through the weave.
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What does the shimmering effect appear to be?
Appears to be blurry.
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Is it easy/difficult and why?
Difficult skill to line up the yarns correctly.
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Where is this ikat weaving done?
In Indonesia, India, Asia, Japan, Bali.
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What does double ikat refer to?
Warp and weft yarns are coloured.
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What are coloured in normal ikat?
Just warp yarns are coloured in normal ikat.
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Why is double ikat rare?
Because it is very labour intensive.
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Where is tartan cloth traditionally made?
Made in Scotland.
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What do the different patterns represent?
Represent different families.
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Describe the weave and what it is made from
Patterned weave made from wool so it is warm, insulating and hardwearing.
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What is this fabric usually used to make?
Make pleated kilts.
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What do American's call it?
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Describe the construction of the yarns
Coloured yarns used in warp and weft.
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Describe the weave
2 over, 2 under twill weave.
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Describe colours used
Blocks of colour used that repeat vertically and horizontally to produce a distinct pattern of squares and lines. Colours merge together.
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