They did allow us to photograph the piece on the loom, (already sold), but they had taken out the crucial two pieces of wood that would have explained how the two sets of warps were lifted.
What we do know are:
- They use back-strap looms;
- The yarns used are 2/20 mercerized cotton, same as mine, woven at 40 or closer EPI.
- The pieces are in fancy, warp-faced, plain weave.
- They use thin bamboo sticks as spacers.
- Wefts are two 2/20 cotton, not plied.
- When the warp is in two colors, those two colors are used in the weft; in multi-colored warps, it appears the two weft colors could be anything.
- There is no treatment at the start or the finish.
- Pieces today were not wet-finished nor washed; I can't remember how they were finished for the gallery shops, however.
Because I was shameless in asking question after question about the structure of the loom, the daughter of one of the weavers who speaks English invited us to their home to have a private demonstration, so four of us are going. I shall definitely keep you posted.
The weavers were dressed in their traditional Kayan costume, but since they spent a decade in Thai refugee camps as "tourist attractions", I hesitated to ask if I can take pictures of them, so if interested, please click here.
EDIT: I never imagined I can pick out a face from Google image search, but Zembar is the daughter I met.