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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:07 pm 
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I am posting some pictures of weaving tools used by Ibanic women to weave the ikat and sungkit textiles. These particular picks and beaters were most likely carved by men for their women. Either as suitor or husband.

I purchased them recently from a dealer in Kuching although I owned one of each prior.

The "picks" are usually carved of bone but particularly interesting are the two metal ones.

When weaving ikats, the weavers seem to use the picks to "rake" across the unwefted threads from time to time to sort of straighten them out.

When weaving sungkits, they use a pick as a continual aid to wind the discontinuous lengths of supplementary threads around the warp thread(s) and also to unpick a mistake that they notice in time.

The "beaters" are used as the name sounds to beat down the new weft thread after it is inserted and also to beat down the bottom of the new "shed" after the warp threads have been crossed over the beaten down weft thread. It is interesting that the beaters bear more than a passing resemblance to swords of the headhunters although I expect that much of the form is dictated by its function.

I have observed the use of beaters and picks, etc., several times at the Tun Jugah Gallery in Kuching where women are taking lessons in learing the arts of ikat and sungkit. By the way, Datin Amar Margaret Linggi, an iban lady and author of one of the important books on iban weavings - "Ties That Bind" -recently died of cancer.

It is always fascinating to me as well as movingto hold these implements in my hand and imagine them being used by weavers. Who knows, perhaps some of the textiles I own may have also woven with these implements.


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Thank you so very much for posting the photos of these very beautiful weaving tools. They are works of art as well as functional tools. Some of the picks have echoes of Ba sa dung Li hair pins and the beaters of Li looms and weaving tools. What a wonderful addition to your collection.

(Hope you don't mind but I did some editing of your photos as most were wider than 600 pix and distort the forum for easy viewing. You know how picky I am about this!!)

Thanks very, very much for sharing!

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Pamela (and Susan).

Thanks for the pictures of these lovely weaving tools. Great photography Susan.

I am posting an iban weaving spool [Jengkuan / turak (Spool shuttle)]. It still has some red thread inside of it.

In case the forum members have not seen this, there is a great movie of the Calico textile museum in Ahmedabad. I was there many years ago (25 or so) but do not recall any of this. It must have been considerably improved since I was there. Also, I was not "into" textiles back then.

http://www.calicomuseum.com/INDEX.HTM

What I do recall was the brilliant flash of a Kingfisher come down to a little shady pool outside. It made the first line of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem - the Kingfisher - suddenly come clear to me. "As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame". That's just what it looked like.


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