Today I had to go to see a weaving factory in the outskirts of Addis Abbeba (Ethiopia... just in case). It's pretty impressive to see how those things you haggle for at the market are made
the color string is put on a little wooden boat like vessel that gets pulled and pushed from side to side by forcefully pushing and pulling a rope hanging on top. While the feet push pedals sequentially so that the right strings are on top or bottom. The new string gets tightened in with the rest manually.
Sophisticated designs can require up to five foot pedals
it was the sheer number of sticks and strings and levels that I found overwhelming
the intricacy with which each detail is made...
painfully slow step after painfully slow step
even the thread has to be hand weaved onto those little sticks
PS: honey, I bought those curtains you said we needed......