al-Hiba: Loom Makers

Date: 1960s

Sometimes reed is used in place of wood for making smaller looms. The reeds are split to the desired size and shaped for their purpose. For carpet weavers, though, the looms are made from imported hardwoods. Ochsenschlager records that in the 1960s almost every household had someone who could make woven belts, bags, or slings on the smaller looms. See also: Weaver; Yarn Spinner; Woven Spinner and Knitter; Wool Weaver; Spinner; Maker of Spindles.

Citation: Ochsenschlager, Edward. Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004), pp. 142, 175.