I ran across a reference to the "Pig Cage" or "Bamboo Cage" loom while doing some research on brocade weave. The loom has been used in it's relatively unchanged configuration from the Han Dynasty. The product of this loom is very similar to that porduced on the jacquard loom but the design of the bamboo cage loom is so much simpler.
Has anyone had an opportunity to see one of these in action?
Here is a view of the pig cage loom in operation. A Zhuang girl demonstrates brocade weaving on a traditional "pig cage" loom at the 5th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Iindustries Fair.
I won't be home until
Your videos are very interesting. Tan's Brocade Workshop in Guangxhi uses the pig cage loom to weave brocade. It isn't a video but there might be some additional information leading from this site; http://www.tansbrocade.com/story/loom.aspx
I'd be very interested to learn how the pattern storage device works on these looms.
Thanks for the link, I've
shed selecting device
For some reason this brought to mind Fred Lamb's shedding device. Fred is a long-retired engineer who has made fascinating adaptations for his loom. My favorite Fred quote is in the article about his loom (below): Fred has never been interested in weaving yardage. He sees a car blanket as just a soft, warm place to hold 60 blocks of Summer and Winter.
So, how DOES it work?
Deb - I'd love to know how a pig cage loom works. I've looked through all my refence material, including "The book of looms" by Broudy and can't find out anything. I'm assuming the loom is a simple two harness loom, but the cage stores sticks that are associated with those strings that go around the cage and somehow capture the patterns.
Does the cage rotate as you go, or do you have to move the sticks by hand? What is the purpose of a round storage for the sticks? How is this different from pattern saving lashes on a draw loom?
Please correct any of my wrong assumptions!
Sally, look at reply #3 above
Looms of Southeast Asia, Thursday, Nov 8
Hi guys, I thought I'd let folks know who are in the San Antonio area that I will be presenting a program
Thursday, November 8th on the Looms of Southeast Asia at the San Antonio Guild
Meeting at 9:30am. The guild starts at 9:30 am with coffee and a short business
meeting and I am up after the business meeting. I hope to see some of you there!
Very few people teach this subject and I am glad to teach it here in Texas.
Here is the guild webpage:
Program: Travel with Deb to Southeast Asia and learn about the simple looms used
to create intricate patterns. We'll compare loom mechanisms and their
differences in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. We'll also look at
how reeds are handmade to order. Towards the end of the seminar, those who are
interested will learn about making heddles by hand. Deb will have sample
textiles and tools for you to touch and look at.
Directions: The guild meets at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in a room
over their Child Development Center. URL for a Mapquest map is below. You will
find plenty of life back there. We will have a hostess at the door .The street
address of the church is Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5247 Vance
Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
map link is http://mapq.st/OUulJA
It sounds like an absolutely fascinating program, I wish I had been in a position to have attended. If you ever get out here on the left coast let me know!
Or the East coast!