Textiles in Mali

by Rachel Hoffman
Formerly University of California, Los Angeles

The weaver at work. Dogon peoples, Mali. Photo by Rachel Hoffman.


Inside the rectangular frame, the weaver begins the process of weaving. The warp is passed through heddles, which separate the warp threads into an alternating A-B-A-B configuration, here visible as A-threads pulled upward and B-threads pulled downward, permitting the weaver to send the weftthread in between. By reversing the heddles (and thus reversing the A-B-A-B configuration), then sending the weftthread back in the other direction, repeating this many times, a weave is created.