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Backstrap Loom

This backstrap loom is an example of huipil fabric, woven by Quiche speaking Mayan people, in Nahaula Guatemala. Backstrap looms are often fastened to a tree or post. The other end of the loom wraps around the weaver’s waist and the weaver adjusts the tension by leaning back on the loom.

http://plato.ess.tntech.edu/cventura/backstraploom.htm
Backstrap Loom of Jacaltenango, Guatemala
This site gives a good explanation of how to weave on a backstrap loom.

http://www.slip.net/~alleyoop/jamesplace/indonesia/fabric/bakstrap/index.html
Weaving with a Backstrap Loom

Here are some great pictures of backstrap weaving in Indonesia.

https://www.mexiculture.com/tours/weavers.htm
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If you are planning to travel to Mexico, you can take a weaving workshop to learn traditional Mayan backstrap weaving.

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