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Navajo weavers

Third Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1881-'82

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Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,461 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 336
Added to site: 2006.02.11
mnybks.net#: 12739
Genre: History

Government Printing Office, Washington, 1884, pages 371-392.

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of the heald-rod on to the right through this loop; (8) she puts her finger into the next space and forms another loop; (9) and so on she continues to advance her rod and form her loops from left to right until each of the anterior (alternate) warp-threads of the lower shed is included in a loop of the heald; (10) when the last loop is made she ties the string firmly to the rod near its right end.

When the weaving is nearly done and it becomes necessary to remove the healds, the rod is drawn out of the loops, a slight pull is made at the thread, the loops fall in an instant, and the straightened string is drawn out of the shed. Illustrations of the healds may be seen in Plates XXXV and XXXVIII and Figs. 42, 44, and 46, that in Fig. 46 being the most distinct.

§ VI. In making a blanket the operator sits on the ground with her legs folded under her. The warp hangs vertically before her, and (excepting in a case to be mentioned) she weaves from below upwards. As she never rises from this squa

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