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 Post subject: Weaving Tools
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 4:45 pm 
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I recently acquired in Kuching, Borneo two objects made of iron wood. They have tongues that can strike against the wood under them to make a clacking noise. The larger has 6 tongues and the smaller two. The smaller also makes a noise if shaken from side to side. I recently found what seems to be a reference to such objects as "sounding warp beams" in Ling Roth's 1916 "Studies in Primitive Looms". The larger was nearly identical to one Roth identified as from Java and the narrower one from the Celebes.

So they are apparently weaving tools. Since mine were acquired in Borneo, it is speculative that the Iban might have used them in the weaving process somehow but there is no written information I can find to support that.

Does anyone have more information about such objects? Has anyone with knowledge of weaving in Java or Sulawesi (or elsewhere) seen something similar and know how they were used?

Vernon?

Thanks for any help.


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