Using cotton thread from Guatemala and 60/2 silk for the inlay work, I am weaving a lightweight scarf on my backstrap loom. The main motifs were inspired by a small plant design that I was taught in Guatemala. I took the leaf pattern and expanded it into an imaginary tropical plant and flower.
The yellow and turquoise used together remind me of tropical seas and golden mangoes.
This project has also been an opportunity to explore the use of circular warps with a coil rod which I have seen being used by backstrap weavers in Ecuador and by my Montagnard (Vietnamese hilltribe) weaving teacher as well as on looms of Bhutan, Bangladesh and SE Asia.