|My second loom was assembled in the courtyard near the museum.
I attempted to make some calculations, but my work was nevertheless set up by Robert who arrived early the next day to thread the binding warp between the ground warp.
I knew that once in Italy I would eventually be able to undertake a similar project on my own from start to finish and that for the time being I had to follow my docile instructors advice.
A womans cloth consists of approximately ten two-metre long lines sewn together. However, no one seemed available to show me how to create these borders. Everyone was too busy making the encyclopedia, so I sat and watched.
I examined the encyclopedia samples, to understand how to produce them.
|The following day I timidly gave it a try.
I needed to create two heedles to divide the threads into groups. I caught on after a few attempts and was soon spotted. With the help of some good advice I improved. I did this for two days and then decided to brocade a simple pattern. I created a selection of warp ends which I tied with string to a make a string-loop heddle bar.
My attempts were disappointing. Luckily shortly afterwards one of our friendly, young assistants, Oscar Azameti, came to my rescue. He explained how to insert the shed stick and count the warp ends to obtain a pattern.
Finally, I reached my objective! Of course the fabric was a bit odd: a bit smooth, a bit stripe and a bit brocaded here and there. Considering the way in which it was made, how else could it have been?
|I felt the idea of making a sampler and tests would appear strange to an African mentality. Weaving is taken very seriously in Klikor.
One does not simply occupy a loom for trial and error. One must work on a pre-established project. At the most, trials are made within the initial 10-20cm and adopted as samplers.
In Africa, the thought process and the execution are intertwined. Movements, not results, are transmitted from generation to generation. In the end, regardless of any frustration or difficulties I might have encountered, I am conscious of the uniqueness of this experience and realize that I have been shown a way of living weaving.
My teachers have taught me more than how to create fabrics