Burtibang: Back-strap weaving

This weaver had set up outside a shop in the bus park at Burtibang, a transport hub town in western Nepal. Her loom set-up was very similar to the backstrap looms used in Bhutan, except that the warp was only stretched between two poles and was much longer, meaning that the weaver was not bracing her feet to increase warp tension.

This weaver has 2 colours of warp threads in each section of her work to create the small horizontal warp-faced stripes, and was using a doubled weft thread. This created a thick fabric, which I often saw used for bags.

When I was teaching in the Annapurna area I found that school children there all used bags made with this type of fabric (see Chitre Schoolbags)

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