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Title:tape loom
Date Made:1800-1900
Type:Tool - Textile Working
Materials:wood: pine?
Place Made:United States
Measurements:Overall: 24 in x 9 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 61 cm x 23.5 cm x 1.3 cm
Accession Number:  HD 1693.2
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Tape looms were used to weave narrower bands of fabric, including tapes and trims. These looms, designed for weaving narrow bands of fabric or tape, were also known as knee looms, paddle looms, or lap looms. The cut-out portion would be held between the weaver's knees, and then a hand-held shuttle would weave back and forth. They could also be fitted into stands. This example was likely used for weaving linen fabric, given the finer (narrower) slots (23 holes and 24 slots) which facilitated finer warps closer together. The wood on this example is rough, unplaned or roughly planed.

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