At Christmas dinner a few weeks back my aunt, Weiping, called me into the living room to show me a video on her computer. Weiping, originally from Nanning, China, has lived in Arroyo Seco for many years. She uses our yarns to create (by knitting and crocheting) beautiful shoes that carry we at Weaving Southwest.
I sat down to watch the video, not knowing what to expect. She told me that it was all in Chinese but thought I would enjoy it. Twenty-some minutes later, jaw dropped and eyebrows raised, I turned to her in awe and asked her to email me the link.
From what I got from our conversation and the video, this is a program that aired in China, depicting the style of weaving used in the countryside near where she grew up. The type of weaving in this video is so far from what I am used to or have ever seen. The loom alone makes me want to hop on a plane to Nanning. The warping and how they operate their sheds makes me realize how little I really know. This video gives us a glimpse into their world of weaving, a completely different world than the one I have grown up in.
I am sharing this with you, in hopes that it makes your jaw drop too. Enjoy!
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