Montagnard Backstrap Weavers

Sunday afternoon, the Goat Lady Dairy near my home in Grays Chapel, North Carolina, hosted their annual Spring open farm day. Folks came to see the goat dairy and gardens, to taste the cheese and meats, and were even able to try their hand at pottery making. This year there was a special opportunity to watch a group of Montagnard ladies demonstrate traditional spinning and weaving on backstrap looms. H-Tep Adrong (above) and Ju Nie (below) worked on weaving while Broih Fnu spun cotton into thread. It was absolutely fascinating to watch them work on these totally manual machines and produce their brightly colored woven fabrics.

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(Photographs copyright 2011 by Dan Routh)