Posted by R. John Howe on 08-27-2003 07:04 AM:

Tentband Salon Postscript

Dear folks -

I have been grubbing about in some early Hali's this week, and came onto some images that might be worth seeing, since they offer a kind of postscript to something we talked about during Steve Price's recent salon on mixed technique (and ultimately other) tentbands.

I had cited Peter Andrews' indications about how various tentbands were actually used, but often had to resort to verbal descriptions alone.

In my Hali grubbing I came onto an article by Andrews in which he supplies some additional photos. Unfortunately, the images I can share with you are of scans of xeroxes of black and white photos. So they don't always focus sharply.

Andrews said that the mixed technique tent bands were placed just above the point where the trellis sides of the tent end and where the roof struts begin and were behind the struts, pile facing in. Here are two photos showing this concretely.

Flatwoven tentbands tended to be placed in different parts of the tent structure.

Notice in first of the pictures above that there is a second, seemingly flatwoven, band below the mixed technique one. The flatwoven band is outside the trellis wall, design facing in, but inside the felts or reed screens.

Another use for the flatwoven bands was on the outside of the tent to hold the reed screens (or felts) onto the trellis frame. Here is a photo of that usage. In this latter application, the design side of the band faces outward and would be exposed to intense sunlight during such use.

I thought these photos would serve better than mere words to make these usages concrete.


R. John Howe

Posted by Steve Price on 08-27-2003 07:21 AM:

Hi John

Thanks for taking the time to do this. I will leave the thread open for discussion for awhile, then archive it within the "Tentband" Salon.


Steve Price