Textiles in Mali

by Rachel Hoffman
Formerly University of California, Los Angeles

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


There are two heddles, one to hold the A-threads, and one to hold the B-threads. The heddles work in tandem; a string is attached to the top of one heddle, then looped over a pulley suspended from the loom's frame, then attached at the other end to the second heddle. From the bottom of each heddle, a string falls with a small peg at the end. The weaver holds one peg with the toes of his right loot, the other peg with the toes of his left. By moving his feet up and down, the heddles move up and down, reversing the A-threads and B-threads of the warp.