Inspired by the ensemble of Taiwanese foot looms and empowered by the Lucky Ox-character of our beloved Taiwanese calligrapher Yuewei (王玥巍) we saddle our loom, following the sound of durian to Borneo. After several stopovers on Java in Indonesia we are gonna reach Canggu Beach for a last prayer:
Are you really fed up about trashy garments? So why you end up on Bali wearing sportsmen shirts of international brands for a „fair bargain“? That‘s the way we keep on our Christian mission since centuries!
Saddle your loom and follow your Bapak! Weave your own pair of denim jeans and you may start to imagine, that „fair“ is just a empty drop on an overboiling stone. Of course, we love to educate the children of the world!
So let these „children“ once teach you, what we are blind about all the way long…… In their backpack they carry an at least 5.000 years old mobile, called loin loom, still used to „call HOME“! Keeping the coming days in contact to the ancient world, that we call Stone Age. No battery needed! Since the Austronesians started to leave the Chinese mainland the original foot loom type has been modified several times, but in essence it keeps vivid and mobile!
We may call this type of loin loom (backstrap loom) an advanced foot loom due to its stands the artistically shaped warp beam rests on. On the other hand it’ consist all properties of a stilt loom with very short stilts. Another advantage of this loom is the fact, that feet can be kept together while weaving and the width of the warp can raise. This type is an early bird of Java, you won‘t find nowadays that much. But it may illustrate the development of foot looms to the first stake looms and further on preparing the coming station looms. Station looms have in most cases rails, so they don‘t have to be fixed somewhere, but this type has no rails, so its balance has to be regulated by feet or any fixation. We are trying to run the loom by a flat warp, as usual with this type of loom on Java. As you see, it works, but due to lacking fixation of the warp beam by stakes, it tends to tilt inwards. Unfastened as that, it runs much better with a circular warp!
The Warping Ox
The design of our warp beam is our free style version, celebrating this year‘s ox. But anyway the warp beams of these early Java models are carved extensively. Another hint that weaving isn‘t just piece of garment but a sculptural act - not just the loom a sculpture but the weaving process a space creating happening.
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