Tablet Weaving Research


My first find is one of the most impressive pieces of tablet weaving I’ve ever seen - a completely two-sided belt from Indonesia. My thought is that the pasaka was used to weave the starting loop, then to separate the tablets into two layers which were woven independently in doubleface. The separate layers were joined at the selvedges.

Picture of the entire belt and a closeup of one pattern repeat:

full belt     one section of belt


Robyn Maxwell
Textiles of Southeast Asia: Tradition, Trade and Transformation
Australian National Gallery
Oxford University Press, 1990


This one I'm not sure about, and I'd like some input. It looks like the band was woven around a right angle before being split into two strips. The find is from Antinoe, Egypt, and dates to the 7th century. The pictures are small enough that I have only the author's analysis that these are even tablet-woven. Comments?

Two fragments of the band:

part of band     part of band


Marielle Martiniani-Reber
Textiles et mode sassanides: les tissus orientaux conserves au Departement des antiquites egyptiennes
Musee du Louvre, 1997