My Senior Project for my BA at Earlham:
Four pieces of clothing based on the rectangle-shape that the loom creates.
Four different cultures versions of the loom-shaped garment.
First a poncho
The weave was simple, and the wool was thick
It was one long rectangle folded and sewn as one piece.
Second was a kilt in the traditional Scottish style.
Again is was one long strip of plaid folded and folded and folded around the body.
The pattern was a simple twill, but the wool was finer, the colors muted.
Third was the kimono.
The weave was plain but the cotton was incredibly fine.
The dyeing process involved natural indigo dye and a simplified ikat technique.
The long, long piece was cut into sections and sewn together.
And finally the fourth piece was the sari:
Working with silk was intimidating and expensive so I practiced the pattern on a scarf before threading the monster fabric that filled the entire width of the loom.
I started on the hand-picked end-piece
The final product was six yards of cloth
wrapped around the body
After the show some of those fabrics moved on to become different objects.
Extra Fabric became:
Extra Warp became: