Sash BeltsI saw a fashion article earlier this year with an illustration of a lovely sash belt.
|Close up of sash belt|
Here is another sash I saw in a shop window.
I remembered that I had bought a Peruvian sash belt many years ago.
|Peruvian sash in warp faced plain weave.|
It is 163 cm in length and 7.5 cm( 3 inches) in width.
Here is a close up of the material. It is in warp faced plain weave and uses very fine cotton.
|Close up of sash belt from Peru|
Of course, sash belts are part of the folk costume in many countries. They are made using many different techniques; finger weaving, tablet weaving, sprang as well as patterned band weaving.
|Sash from Guatalmala.|
|Assumption sash, Canada.|
Here is another traditional Ukrainian Belt, called krajka, handmade using the old traditional weaving loom in Western Ukraine. There are some lovely designs shown in the Etsy shop WovenSlavicBelts.
|Ukrainian woven sash|
Weaving a warp faced plain weave sash.
Sash belts are easy to weave and wear. I thought that I would try to weave my own sash as I love stripes and warp faced plain weave is such an easy structure. I was not sure of the sett for 16/2 Swedish cotton. I decided to use a high sett and weave a short sample.
I used three colours of red, white and blue, with a darker blue for the border. I used a 14 dent reed with 6 ends per dent. Weft is white 16/2 cotton.
Sett at 84 per inch
width 3.75 inches / 9.5 cm = 324 ends
Dark Blue 30
Mid Blue 1 25 1
White 41 18
Red 25 1 Centre 40 red then reverse the colour order.
|Belt on the loom|
It was easier to weave than I thought it would be. The Swedish cotton is good quality and strong.
|close up on loom showing dotted edging to the solid colour areas|
Here is the finished belt. It is 9.5 cm in width which I feel is slightly too wide. The feel of the woven material is smooth and flexible. The cotton has a slight sheen. The colour is more natural than on the close up on the loom. Artificial lighting alters colour values.
It was a good learning exercise. I now know the sett for weaving warp faced wider bands and the type of material that 16/2 cotton produces.
Susan J Foulkes September 2017