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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Manufacturing processes  >  Weaving

Afshan runner from the Shirvan district, North Caucasus, c1800

This is a long rectangular runner rug with predominantly woollen warps, cotton wefts and knotted woollen pile. It was manufactured in the Shirvan district of the Kuba region of the North Caucasus in around 1800. The dark blue field is filled with rosettes and palmettes linked by vertically aligned and somewhat geometric ...


Two Ersari tent bags from western Turkestan, 1900-10

These are two tent bags made by Ersari people in western Turkestan sometime between 1900 and 1910. The bags have woollen warps and wefts and weft-float brocading. Both have rows of alternating lozenge-shaped guls comprising hooked motifs that are generally described as representing ram horns. These are separated by straight ...


Woman's silk shawl, 1966

This is a printed and tasselled woman's shawl, manufactured in the UK. It comprises a fine and lustrous silk square made in Leno weave with a 70-mm satin band woven 22 mm from the hand-rolled edge. It is printed in red, pink, yellow, green and blue with a black outline in a pattern of flowers and leaves. The pattern is ...


'We all live in Australia' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Murray Walker using images created by Aboriginal schoolchildren from Echuca in Victoria, Cape Barren Island in Tasmania and Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory. The background is two blue panels on left and right with a larger black panel in the centre. Colourful childlike representations ...


'Ngak Ngak in Limmen Bight Country' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Northern Territory artist Ginger Riley. The design is in white, red, orange, purple and green on a blue background and is a representation of the artist's 'mother country'. The white sea eagle Ngak Ngak appears prominently on the left. Also seen are the dual serpent-creator Garmilal, ...


'The Heidelberg School' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The background is white and pale pink. There are portraits of artists Tom Roberts (at left) and Arthur Streeton (at right) as young men. At left is the cover of the catalogue from the 9 x 5 Impression exhibition of 1889. At the bottom is an extract from Joseph Furphy's ...


'Making Do' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by artist Murray Walker. The panel consists of images and handwritten words on a pale blue and gold background. The Eureka flag, made from fabric, forms the centrepiece of the design. Across the top are small ink drawings of items including a house, a windmill and toys. There are photographic ...


'Celebrations 2001' panel from the Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel designed by Sydney artist Martin Sharp. The background colour is blue, with gold borders on the top and bottom, and small gold panels enclosing red text. In the centre is a large red map of Australia with the word 'Eternity' in handwriting inside. Written across the panel is the complete quotation: ...


'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901' panel from Federation Tapestry, 2001

This is a tapestry panel titled 'Federation celebrations Melbourne 1901', designed by cartoonist Bruce Petty and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop for Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. In a largely black-and-white panel, Petty depicts the 1901 Federation celebrations in Melbourne, portraying the Chinese ...


Weaving shuttle with rollers

This is a wooden 'boat' shuttle used for weaving. It has a simple wooden roller at each end of the shuttle that enables it to pass more smoothly through the 'shed', the space between the warp threads. The dimensions of the shuttle are: length 4.0 cm, width 2.5 cm, height 30.5 cm.


Kurdish kilim, 1993-94

This is a traditional Kurdish kilim, handwoven in scarlet wool with multicoloured geometric patterns picked out in green, yellow, black and blue. The kilim is fringed with the white cotton warp threads and has been worked in bands; alternating between red, black and multicoloured sections.


Latvian fabric, 1995

This is a length of red-coloured fabric, woven in the traditional colours and patterns of the Nica region on the west coast of Latvia. Dimensions: 27.06 cm x 72.5 cm.


Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).


Latvian belt, c1970

This is a woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns symbolising the morning star. The ornate design indicates it is part of a woman's costume. The dimensions of the belt are 268 cm x 5 cm.


Video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents, who emigrated from Latvia as refugees, 2006

This is a video of Anita Apinis speaking about her parents' experience of emigrating from Latvia to Australia as refugees. She demonstrates traditional Latvian weaving on the loom that her parents brought to Australia, made from salvaged wood in a displaced person's camp in Memmingen, Germany. She also discusses traditional ...


Red Cross women spinning during the First World War

This is a silent black-and-white film clip of women in Red Cross aprons spinning wool on treadle spinning wheels during the First World War. The camera pans slowly across the group then moves to a close-up of one woman at her spinning wheel.


Anzac Tweed Factory, Melbourne, c1921

This is a segment from an unidentified silent black-and-white newsreel made in the 1920s featuring the Anzac Tweed Trust. The opening scene shows a group of 18 men and 6 women gathered behind a banner, which reads 'Anzac Tweed'. An intertitle explains that Anzac Tweed was taken over by the Returned Sailors and Soldiers ...


'Threads of a cultural cloth' tapestry, 1992

This is a large tapestry wall hanging handwoven by members of the Spanish Latin-American migrant group in Adelaide, South Australia. Made from woollen yarn in vibrant colours, it depicts a mosaic of Latin-American social, cultural and historical themes and icons. It was made in 1992 as a contribution to the 'America 500 ...


Child's wrap (cloak or shawl), c1875

This is a child's wrap woven from muka (flax fibre) using the traditional Mäori ornamental weaving technique called kete whakawaitara. It has narrow vertical stripes of orange and purple dyed muka on a background of undyed weaving, and a striped fringe of coloured wools. Two cords with tassels are attached to the top. It ...


Kato tia hulu (basket)

This is a kato tia hulu (basket) made of raffia, wood, and synthetic tubing. It was made by Niuean weaver Edith Etuata in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1997. Bright orange and green raffia has been embroidered with a needle in a motif of alternate triangles and then woven into a white raffia and synthetic tube frame. The ...