Palaung weaver in Thailand
In February 1998 Kathleen
Forance Johnson visited the area encompassed by the old Lan Na
kingdom centered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and extending into Northern
Laos to its ancient capitol in Luang Prabang. Kathleen referred
to the use of back strap looms in Thailand as follows:
"Back strap looms
are in use in some of he Thai hill tribe villages we visited.
In this settlement there were only a few older women at home weaving
simple traditional cloths for domestic use and a couple of younger
women weaving souvenir type bags and belts for sale to tourists.
They use a type of backstrap loom with their warp tied to a railing
on the "front porch" of their houses which are often
built on stilts. The colorfully banded tube skirt is a basic item
of clothing for the women of these communities. In some other
places we saw a few women wearing inexpensive sarong prints, but
they still seem to be in a minority."