Education And More carries a variety of backstrap weaving items in our online store and also in our Etsy store. If you are a beginning weaver or wanting to learn the backstrap loom we have everything you need — 3 sizes of looms, several colors of backstrap belts, naturally dyed yarn, Mayan ikat yarns, loom bags and typical Guatemalan handcarved drop spindles.
The yarn we sell is the typical yarn used by our Mayan artisans to produce the beautiful Fair Trade weavings in our webstore. It has been naturally dyed by them using plants, barks, vegetables, fruits, etc. The yarn is a very fine cotton yarn similar to 18/2 here in the States and produces extremely durable, long lasting and exquisite textiles.
If you would like to have an example of a warped up backstrap loom to look at when you are learning to weave, then look at our decorative looms that are a perfect wall decoration as well as being a perfect sample of warping.
Ikat yarns are used frequently by our Mayan friends in their weavings to add a unique design element. We have several colors of the ikat in our webstore also. Be sure to look closely at the weavings in our store to see all the different ikat designed textiles we carry.
One of our popular items is our loom bags. The fabric for these duffel style bags is handwoven on a backstrap loom then sewn by the artisans and is a perfect bag for carrying your ‘work in progress’ or storing your loom!
We carry 3 sizes of backstrap looms — 8 inch, 12 inch, and the large is 18 inch. They have been hand carved by a Mayan artisan who supports his family with sales of his handcarved looms. He lives near the top of a volcanic mountain in the western highlands of Guatemala in a small village and carves the rustic looms for local sales as well as his sales to Education And More. He receives a fair trade income from E&M for all the looms we purchase and it helps his family in so many ways.
Stop by and see all our hand weaving accessories!