The Nomadic Loom

My Dad gave me this piece of textiles for Christmas from a very obscure area in farthest Northeastern India, called Nagaland,  near Bhutan and the Chinese border. It has a nomadic culture; indeed this is the most nomadic of looms I’ve ever seen. I love the idea of a woven artwork with the loom it was woven on still attached and integrated into its threads.

Strange cartoon-like creatures walking across its surface; taken out of context they appear almost pixellated and computer-like. Hot secondary colours creeping out of the cream coloured ground cloth, shiny mercerized cotton gleaming against the matt, linen background.

A pearl of loom technology and an example of heartwarming ingenuity.









About Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a textile artist, designer and architectural colour consultant
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6 Responses to The Nomadic Loom

  1. Katharine says:

    this is so pretty!
    love the animal artwork on it!

  2. wonderful vibrant colours. What a lovely gift.

  3. This is also very like a Mexican loom I’ve got! It’s interesting that such different cultures have similar equipment and just goes to show that basic equipment that works can’t be improved.

  4. I had a really strange experience looking at these wonderful pictures. For a split second I could almost smell the fabric! It is beautiful x

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