Today I thought I would talk about weaving. This is important topic as two main products Silk & Cashmere which feature in our brand are woven and I love for our customers to understand about the products that we sell.
There are two main features to learn – the weft and the warp. Weaving is the process of crossing threads or yarns to create a woven fabric. Picture a handloom with a large wooden frame. One set of threads is fastened from top to bottom of the loom. These vertical threads are called the warp. Threads that cross from side to side, over and under the warp, are called the weft Together, the warp and the weft are the substance of the garment created.
Lets start with the Warp – the warp has a big job to do. Warp is the backbone of the piece. It is the tightly-held strings which your the shawl is built. The warp is completely covered in traditional weaving, yet it is the necessary core of the structure. Warp threads are the threads that run along the length of the yardage (up-and-down, vertically)
Weft– Remember Weft to left. The yarns you use to weave horizontally through the warp are called the weft. This gives character to the piece. This is where the weaver creates patterns with colour and texture of different fibres. In previous blogs I have referred to Mudmee Silk where the pattern is made prior, the thread then resembles a barcode and then woven into the fabric. A pattern can be woven into the cashmere.