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Nepalese Weaving Materials

Nepalese weaver and backstrap loom

Nepalese weaver and backstrap loom

Dibyaman Karmacharya and several children watching the weaver at work.

Dibyaman Karmacharya and several children watching the weaver at work

Nepalese weaver at work

Nepalese weaver at work

The Nepalese loom, weaving, and drop spindle shown here were recently donated to the Museum of Anthropology by MU Professor Emeritus of Art and Art Education Larry Kantner. All three items were obtained in the summer of 1971 while Dr. Kantner was serving as a member of the USAID / Teacher Corps to Nepal. The following describes the circumstances through which Dr. Kantner obtained the items:

"One afternoon we [Dr. Kantner and Dibyaman Karmacharya, his colleague/translator] were walking through the center of Katmandu and to my delight there was an elderly woman weaving on a backstrap loom. The one end of the loom was tied to a stone pedestal and the other end wrapped around her waist. She had lined up bricks on the ground to provide her a way to keep tension in the loom. Since I used a backstrap loom in my MU art class, I was eager to purchase, with Dibyaman’s help, the entire loom. The woman was somewhat amazed I did not want her to finish the weaving but to leave it on the loom partially woven. All the wooden pieces of the loom are included. I also bought from her a scarf, as an example of her finished weavings, and a drop spindle."

The accompanying photos, taken by Dr. Kantner, show the weaver using the loom prior to its purchase by Dr. Kantner. One photo includes Dibyaman Karmacharya and several children watching the weaver at work. This wonderful collection of materials makes a valuable addition to the Museum’s ethnographic collections.

Text prepared by Mary French, summer 2006.
Artifact photos by Charmagne Thompson.

loom
Loom
spindle
Spindle
scarf
Scarf