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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Step 6: Weaving


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Weaving

With the left hand, she passes the weft thread between the two layers. With the right hand, she pulls the frame and so on. On the top there are 2 or more reeds. When the reed is up, the thread peers are pulled back by the bar and the running odd thread remain vertical.

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Step 5 : building the loom


I like this because I prefer to engage in new crafts by learning the older ways before the modern ways.

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Building the loom

The construction of the loom takes time (over an hour), skill and patience. The first step in the warping is obtained in two ways.
It consists in making the chain separated in two tablecloths of even and odd wires. In a wall, the weaver plants four pickets all-around of which she rolls up the wires of the chain with regular interval according to a definite order. This method allows the villager work alone but it is not common in the High Atlas.
The beaming, as the shearing of the sheep is the occasion to remind the rustic cohesion by the community mutual aid.
Satin the feet of the pickets which they sink in the ground, remote from about ten meters, the two villagers roll up and tie the thread that makes roam the third woman by forming a vertical necklace along pickets.

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A Beautiful Tradition


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One of the days we were in Peru  we went to a little village where the inhabitants make yarn and weavings by hand the traditional way. Here are some pictures of the magic. (roll your mouse over the picture to get a description)

        

        

I learned so much from the demonstration, I am no longer impressed by my own feeble spinning attempts. Although our guide was very impressed when I mention that I could spin. These women are carrying great traditions, and living the was their ancestors did to keep the skills alive.  Their weavings and yarn are so intracate. I am truely impressed forever by these women.

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Why We Apply Oil To Natural Curly Hair Before Washing And After Washing


Just a little for those of us with kinky curly nappy awesome hair.

Determination


Sometimes in life we suffer loss and grief. Some people seem strong and unshakeable. Others quiver and shake like gelatin treats. But we all will go through it. This past month has shaken me to my core. In a week’s time, my Aunt died, we buried her, my sister went into labor 4 months early, the baby died within 3 days of being born, my son became suicidal and had to be committed for his own safety and then I went to the baby’s funeral. At the time I was going through this I did not know how I would make it to the other side. Now that I look back, I see that it was more about determination than strength. I got up every morning and put my feet on the floor. I followed those steps with other steps until they led me back to my bed at night. Each day that I did that everything became easier to face. I don’t know what comes next but I know that I will have the determination to face it. I say all of this to say, you don’t have to be a superhero (although that would be totally cool) you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will eventually make it to your destination.

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