Backstrap weaving is a common technique used by indigenous tribes. It was especially handy if the tribe was nomadic as it requires only a few wooden sticks, a place to sit and an anchor.
The tribes of Northern Luzon in the Philippines used this technique for their clothes and ‘homewares’
This was one of a series or postcards I found in Baguio …. I’ll show you more later, they are divine.
At the time I was traveling with Mike from Newfoundland who had made a bucket of money making cypress Christmas Wreaths, so he blew it on the road. We used to walk between villages .. 18-20 km (just for fun) We spent hours haggling over this large Death Shroud that was woven in 3 panels.
Years later I was working as an Artist in Residence for Arts Access at the Austin Hospital (sadly the murals we painted were white washed) and recommended Baguio as a holiday destination for one of the guys in admin … I had no idea it may not suit a family man with his teenage kids …. landslides, wild pigs and rogue freedom fighters were just part of another day in my travels.