Anne Blinks Textile Study Collection

Bands and Braids

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This group consists of six woven bands, four Peruvian flat braids and five Peruvian sling braids. They all belong to that group of textiles which can be produced without complicated or expensive weaving equipment. The Peruvian flat braids can be made with the fingers alone after anchoring one end of the warp to something stable; the sling braids traditionally are made in the hands with no equipment whatsoever.

Two of the six woven bands are simple, warp faced weaves, without pick-up sections, such as can be woven on an inkle loom. The other four, however, pose some interesting puzzles. There are two Mobius bands, one interlocking double ring and a Roggeband. In the case of the latter, a rigid heddle technique from Hordaland, Norway, we found slides of Anne's that were developed in 1973. They show not only how the warp of three colors and two types of yarn is sleyed in the two rigid heddles, but also the sequence in which the shuttle is thrown so that two colors show on one side and a third color shows on the other side. There is also a brief article by Anne about this band in the Spring 1978 issue of Interweave with a threading diagram. It can be reproduced using a back strap loom.

No photographs or other documents have been found for the two Mobius bands and the interlocking rings, so we do not know how Anne made them nor when. They can be reproduced using a simple frame loom, but it is probable that there are other solutions. There are also Mobius shaped sprang pieces in this collection.

Some of these bands are included in a study box which may be ordered for a temporary loan.


Anne's patterned Roggeband

Loom warped for Roggeband,
showing two rigid heddles and the sheds.

Anne's sample of the Hordaland women's costume
to be worn wrapped round her braids. Band is 1/2" wide.


    Peruvian sling braid neckpiece with tassels

Peruvian flat braid
Anne's pursuit of the Peruvian braids most likely began during the 1960's and continued through the 1990's. Originally, she used the diagrams in Raoul D'Harcourt's book, Textiles of Ancient Peru. We do have personal knowledge of Anne creating sling braids using some ingenuity for a braiding stand: a Bunsen burner ring. She used it much as a Kumihimo stand is used - this was long before Ed Franquemont related to her the method of the men in Chinchero, Peru, using only their hands for creating their sling braids. Her cohort in this pursuit was Bill Dyer, exchanging braids back and forth, working out the diagrams in d'Harcourt. Two of the braids are tagged with identifying information, referring to D'Harcourt figure numbers.

There is correspondence from Adele Cahlander during the late 70's and early 80's about the making of sling braids from samples provided by Mary Moser, Ann Houston and Charles Llewellyn, and from the Textile Museum collection. This must have been when Cahlander was writing her monograph on sling braids that was published in 1980 by Weavers Journal. In the Collection is a box of several started Peruvian braids and bands, perhaps from workshops Anne took from Cahlander and from Franquemont in the 70's and 80's.

Some of these Peruvian braids are included in a study box which may be ordered for a temporary loan.

If you have any information/stories of Anne's studies of these bands and braids, please send them to us.

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