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Backstrap Loom

This backstrap loom is an example of huipil fabric, woven by Quiche speaking Mayan people, in Nahaula Guatemala. Backstrap looms are often fastened to a tree or post. The other end of the loom wraps around the weaver's waist and the weaver adjusts the tension by leaning back on the loom.

Backstrap Loom of Jacaltenango, Guatemala
This site gives a good explanation of how to weave on a backstrap loom.

Weaving with a Backstrap Loom
Here are some great pictures of backstrap weaving in Indonesia.

Weaving Workshops & Tours
If you are planning to travel to Mexico, you can take a weaving workshop to learn traditional Mayan backstrap weaving.

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