Looms with fly shuttles
These are photos from a long ago trip to Mexico and the town of Bucerias. On an early morning walk in a residential neighbourhood I came across a small fenced courtyard and I could hear and see a few looms. Inside were more looms and a wall of shelves of beautiful, colourful table linens.
The looms looked rickety, rocking from side to side as the weavers pulled on the fly shuttle cord, but were workhorses. The very long warps were under high tension. The two treadles weren’t attached to the frame, just hung by the cords attached to the shaft frames, the other ends resting on the floor. They were kind enough to let me have a go. It took me a bit of time to get used to the treadles and develop a rhythm.
I purchased a set of four placemats and napkins – the photo in the centre shows a similar colour arrangement being woven. The rep weave is very sturdy after years of use. The centre section of colour is made up of synthetic yarns, the natural white is cotton. One can see how the colours didn’t shrink and bulge out against the cotton.