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.

Shoes by Ping

Weiping’s Handmade Shoes

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!

China Weaving
Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

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5 comments on “Weaving in China, A link not easily found in the USA

  • I, too, sat with my mouth open in amazement watching these women weave. Then to see the warping process! I will never never again complain about warping my Navajo loom. Thank you for sharing this program. I am passing it along to my weaving friends on my Facebook page.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it, Kathy! One of my favorite parts was the swift they use. The simplicity is just beautiful! The warping was another thing… wow! I hope to learn more about this. It made making the decision between warping front to back or vice versa seem so trivial. I am glad you enjoyed the video!

      • Yes, the swift was interesting. I also liked the “sausage” thing above her head. It looked like it was woven of wood strips like a basket & was almost a piece of art in itself.

  • Well, my jaw drops when I visit your shop in NM so someone needs to come and pick me up off the floor! How very interesting to see another way of creating beautiful fabric. I couldn’t catch what yarn was being used. Any clues? Thanks for the video.

    • Haha! Thank you, Kathy! I am glad you enjoyed the video! I asked my aunt, Ping, when we were watching it. She said she thought it was cotton, but possibly silk. According to her, cotton is used a lot where she comes from. I didn’t think to ask her at the time, but I wonder if they ever use wool? Off the top of my head, I do not know that I have heard much of sheep in China… but there must be some. She left to China to visit her family a few days ago. I will ask her when she returns.

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