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The Book of Looms: A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present

 Author: Eric Broudy  Publisher: University Press of New England  : 1979  ISBN: 0-87451-649-8  Language: English  Tags: ancientCultureHandloomHistoryLoomTextiles |
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 Broudy places the wide variety of handlooms in their 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 has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of early 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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