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The Book of Looms
A History of the Handloom from Ancient Times to the Present
Eric Broudy

1993 • 176 pp. 153 illus. 95 figs. 8 1/2 x 11"
Decorative Arts & Material Culture / Ancient History

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-87451-649-4
$19.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-137-6

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“Broudy is unusually skillful in making the complex appear simple . . . Any weaver would enjoy it.”—Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot

A heavily illustrated classic on the evolution of the handloom is now reissued in a handy paper edition.

The handloom--often no more than a bundle of sticks and a few lengths of cordage--has been known to almost all cultures for thousands of years. Eric Broduy places the wide variety of handlooms in historical context. What influenced their development? How did they travel from one geographic area to another? Were they invented independently by different cultures? How have modern cultures improved on ancient weaving skills and methods?

Broudy shows how virtually every culture, no matter how primitive, has woven on handlooms. He highlights the incredible technical achievement of primitive cultures that created magnificent textiles with the crudest of tools and demonstrates that modern technology has done nothing to surpass their skill or inventiveness.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Broudy extracts his evidence from such unlikely places as Egyptian tombs to the unearthed ruins of a ninth century Viking ship in Norway . . . In this awesome feat of research, recounted with storytelling expertise, he traces the growth of weaving from simple matting and wickerwork basketry to the massive Tapestry (haute-lisse)looms of the Gobelin workshop of Paris and the silk-producing izaribata looms of China . . . If you are a weaver by profession or hobby, this book will make you proud of it, and, if you have never touched a loom and are thinking of a new career, this book will, once you tear yourself away from it, send you spinning off to the yarn store.”—Goodfellow Review of Craft

ERIC BROUDY is a free-lance writer and editor living in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:57 -0500