Anyone have any resources for krokbragd?
I have read once, somewhere, in an elusive book whose name I no longer recall. (because it was not what I was looking for at the time) that the structure had some roots as far back as Egypt. But as I wasn't reading the book for that, don't know for sure. For those of you who don't know what Krokbragd is, it is a three shaft weave structure that at this point in time, as far as I can tell, is based in Norway. The weave structure is a point twill on three shafts, with the treadling constantly 1&2, 2&3 and 3&1. The pattern is completely a function of the colors of the yarns and where they are in the treadling. There is a discussion of it right now in another thread so you can go and look at what they are discussing if you wish. But there is no mention of time frame or even if it really could be a period weave. It is a great way to use up left over bits of wool yarn .
Kingdom of the Outlands
Hi Jeanne-Marie, did you ever find out any info on it's use in a Sca context? I have been looking at it and finding nothing on it's history:< Thanks, Virag
Katherine Larson's book, The Woven Coverlets of Norway, has a wonderful chapter about krokbragd. Here are a few snippets from her chapter intro to the technique:
"In English, this weave is often referred to as boundweave or bound rosepath, but it is also known by its Norwegian name of krokbragd."
""It is difficult to say how old the krokbragd weaving tradition is in Norway. Although the earliest pieces preserved in Scandinavia date from the eighteenth century, some authorities believe this type of weaving was known in the Nordic countries at least as early as the Middle Ages. Krokbragd was well known in Finland and the Baltic countries, and was found in weavings from the Middle East as well. ...it has been suggested that the earliest experiments in weaving with more than two harnesses (outside of the Far East) began more than two thousand years ago in Syria with a three-harness, weft-faced twill such as krokbragd." (Larson, p. 87)
The book also contains information about woven coverlets in other techniques, including tapestry, square-weave (a tapestry form), doubleweave, rya, and overshot. The illustrations are both in photographs and diagrams of motifs. I very, very highly recommend this book for one's library!
Thank you very much! I'm going to ILL the book this week. I just built a Warp Weighted Loom and am very interested in finding out about different types of weaving that may have and is still being done on it. Thanks!
I think you'll enjoy the book!