Jordan | Participant Thoughts - Sophie Desrosiers
Updated: Jul 24, 2018
Present weaving practices have always been complementary to ancient textiles research in my experience with silks in Lyon, reading Marta Hoffmann, or working in the Andes. We learn a lot from observing present weavers, and also asking them about the reasons why they spin and weave in a certain way. The same problem finds sometimes the same solution even among people who never met. The observation of warp-faced weaving by a Bani Hamida woman this morning has been one more confirmation as she uses exactly the same tool to press the weft as Bolivian weavers today. Here she uses a gazelle horn, there they use a lama bone, but both have the same size and are handled almost in the same way to do the same thing.
For the next meeting, I suggest to have also weavers present their life and their choices, together with archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, artists and pedagogues. I took part in a “weavers encounter” in October 2012 in Cuzco (Peru), and it was also a very intense moment for all the different professionals. I am not sure it would be better than this first try, but at least it would be probably as interesting.