The warp weighted loom is a vertical loom that uses various forms of weights to create tension in the warp threads of the piece being worked. As a weaving form, it spans a variety of cultures and time periods and was even documented in use by the researcher Marta Hoffman in the mid 20th century in Norway. We often associate it’s use with woolen textiles in Nordic countries but loom weights of clay or stone are relatively common archaeological finds from sites all over the world.
The accompanying video, used by permission from Jørn-Are Longfjeld (http://www.senterfornordligefolk.no) is in the Sami language and illustrates a number of the facets of setting up and using the loom. We haven’t been able to find anyone who speaks Sami to translate it yet but the footage has a striking resemblance to the archive footage shot by Hoffman in post World War II Norway and makes for an interesting presentation.