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Traditional Apron and Loom information.
In Tibetan the apron is called a Bangdian. Women wear dark-colored wrap dresses over a blouse, and a colorfully striped, woven wool apron signals that she is married. Bangdian is popular in Tibet and woven with wool-spun thread, dyed and woven into strips. When making it, one should piece together the strips into a rectangle, add a layer of lining below it, and two strips to the two ends of the upper part. The fabric is close and delicate, the colors are bright and beautiful and tasteful.
The most outstanding character of Bangdian is its contrasting colors, and colors of the same kind are used boldly and arranged ingeniously and harmoniously. Wide strips of some aprons with strongly contrasting colors are displayed together, some narrow strips with the same kind of colors are combined , and some strips with pure primary colors are inserted into many strips with secondary colors. In terms of disposition some colors displayed are dark to light by groups, and some are random without being divided into groups, which can result in rough and bright or refined and mild styles.
Tibetan rugs are generally made on a vertical loom. Here you see more of a home loom used to make strips. As you can see this loom is made by hand, knotch and nails hold it togetherThese strips are sewn together and seen most often with the apron, also Tsutruk rugs, and nomad blankets,etc.. There is one more loom that folds up to about the size of a human leg and this type of loom is stretched and held by pressure applied by holding one end with the feet, sitting and straping in this is a nomad loom.