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The vertical Mycenaean loom – Τhe “web” of Penelope
With the details taken from the cup of Chiusi
With the functional details of the warps taken from the krater of Pristicci
With the arrangement of the loomweights taken from the lekythos of New York
It consisted of 4 poles (“istopodes” or “keleontes”) on which a horizontal cylindrical beam (cloth-roller) was fastened. Another cloth-roller was fastened at the mid-bottom of the loom. In order to strain the warps, lead, stone or clay loom weights (plumbs) of pyramidal shape were tied at their bottom. The interchange of warps was facilitated by the heddles, that is, the loops on the small horizontal cylindrical piece of wood, which the weaver dragged back and forth in turn, so that the stick of yarn (shuttle) would pass through the warps. Weaving took place from bottom to top and the woven cloth was wrapped around the cloth-roller.