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loom with partially woven band
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • loom with partially woven band, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 80 x 35 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/2 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5253

The loom consists of two unmodified sticks (Ayoreo: Ajía). Twisted plant fiber cords bind them together at the same width on the top and bottom. The smaller strings are stretched between the binding cords with a small segment woven between. The shuttle (Ayoreo: Ducaíque) is a short stick wrapped with smaller string, which is attached to the woven portion.