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Back strap loom
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is another technique for weaving, used by Austro-asiatic groups. The women work very hard on these looms to get a small and narrow piece of woven cloth with a pattern full of colour. This loom is made of eight different sticks of bamboo and wood. It also has shuttle with a black thread and a wooden place holder. This loom allows for mobility: it can be rolled up, stored, and taken out to be used almost anywhere.

History of the Object
This is a newly created loom, purchased by TAEC from the Women's Union at Ban Phadeng, Viengphukha district, Luangnamtha Province. They made this new loom for TAEC to exhibit.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bamboo, wood, factory made cloth, hand spun cotton thread 
Measurements
62.9 cm x 37.8 cm x 150.8 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Ban Phadeng, Vieng phu kha district, Luangnamtha province. 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century 
Function
This back strap loom is used to weave Sinh (Lao-style skirts) cloth. It is used by the Khmu Kouene women. To weave, this kind of loom is anchored to any stable upright object like a tree or the stilt of a house. The opposing end is secured to the weaver's back to provide tension on the warp threads. 
Acquisition
Acquired by TAEC in 30/12/2006, during a field visit to Ban Phadeng to research the Khummu ethnic group. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Museum
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
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