Traditional African Shukas - Weaving

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Kirstin Gault

The Shukas are now being woven on our Dornier Rapier. The loom is shuttle-less, with weft threads woven across the warp by little pincer like carriers called rapiers.

In weaving, the weft is the term used to describe the thread or yarn which is drawn through - a single thread of the weft that crosses the warp is called a pick. When weaving the Shukas, there's 23 picks per cm.

If you are not familiar with the project, we are working with Busega Scotland to raise funds for the Mayega Children’s Centre by making a minimum of 30 Shukas. 

Busega Scotland describes Mayega Children’s Centre as "home for up to twenty-eight orphaned or otherwise destitute children and young people." For more information about Busega Scotland, please read our previous blog post.