‘Dukagang Stripe’ takes my original ‘Dukagang’ motif, used in the first of this collection of throws and cushions, and reworks it to produce a multi-coloured striped design. The original dukagang motif is present, but there is also a contrasting coloured, rectangular motif formed of four squares, and the striped effect of the constant colour changes.
Each side is very different. One side has a softer colour and image, the other is much more dominant, both in colourway and pattern. The difference is simply a matter of which pattern the eye is drawn to and whether you are looking at the predominantly white twill weave or the predominantly coloured reverse twill.
The design itself is inspired by early 20th century Scandinavian rugs and the work of Bauhaus designer Anni Albers.
The three and four coloured weaves are a much slower weave than my single colour throws. For the ‘Dukagang Stripe’ throws three shuttles are in constant use, one for the grey, one for the main contrast colour, and one for the accent colour.
As the throw is woven the shuttles are rotated through the fly shuttle device. For each block of colour the required number of picks are woven (a pick corresponds to one weft thread, or one throw of the shuttle). The shuttle is then removed from the fly shuttle box and the next shuttle is inserted for the next coloured block.
Great concentration is required and it is not possible to establish an easy weaving rhythm as work is constantly being halted in order to exchange the shuttles – 6 picks of dark grey, 12 picks grey, 6 picks dark grey, 24 picks of apple green, for example.
Because of the complexity of weaving these throws I mostly weave them to order. But it is worth looking in my shop as I try to keep one of each colourway in stock. If you would like to order one please contact me using my contact form. I can also weave these throws in any other colour combinations if you have a particular colourway in mind.
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