Posted by Yon Bard on December 18, 1998 at 13:28:40:
In Reply to: Re: The Oops! Taxonomy posted by Wendel Swan on December 18, 1998 at 13:07:47:
: As either a variation of or alternative to this concept, I suggest that we consider the fact that rug weaving is, in essence, a process of copying. For a variety of reasons, variations appear within a weaving group and those variations are perpetuated. It may be that someone adds or deletes a border or changes some element, whether by intention or by mistake, and that variation is copied by other weavers.
The variations that I am talking about are not specific variations that become enshrined in tradition; rather, they appear to be ad-hoc variations applied by the weaver, but in a specific location within the weaving. In Shiv's examples, there were seemingly random changes in color or pattern, but they always occurred roughly one third of the way from the bottom of the piece. The variations in Turkoman pieces that I have observed are of similar type.
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