March 19 2022: Netting with Jeff; Twining with Karthika

4 hours. 10am to 12pm. Break for 1 hour lunch. 1pm to 3pm.

Location: Zoom and Textile Museum, Washington, DC. We will try a hybrid class so that both those who can make it to the Textile Museum and those who are unable to come can participate.

Introduction to the Huaca Prieta Experimental Archeology Project. Review of patterned twined and woven textiles from Huaca Prieta 6200 years old to approximately 4000 years BC, led by Dr. Splitstoser. Dr. Splitstoser will share his initial experiments, how he draws textiles, and give a demo of a netting technique.

In the afternoon, we will use picture frames and set up a circular warp for twining led by Karthika. She will share her reproduction and other examples of twined textiles. By doing we will gain insights about twining and weaving and how the two techniques developed in Huaca Prieta.

Karthika will also share how she grows 3 plants: I. suffruticosa, Milkweed Asclepias Syriaca, Gossypium Barbadense. She will share seeds with you or guide you to obtain plants from a nursery, Companion plants, Ohio.


Picture frame: 16" * 20"


You can also use simple rigid heddle or 2 harness looms if you like.

Hand spun cotton.

or Peruvian Traditions (we are still trying to obtain handspun Peruvian cotton yarn)