Looms in Cajun French history


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Looms in Cajun French history


This loom in the video was made 200 years ago and used in Louisiana associated with Louisiana French history. The loom seen here were generally used outside or in a barn and is also made of sugar cane reeds https://books.google.com/books?id=dw5OAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=sugar+cane+reeds&source=bl&ots=wm0N3gewg2&sig=b8AuHTN66rON_hr72kjwpQjEz8s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjI-ZjcuZfQAhWFKyYKHUbrBAI4ChDoAQhcMA0#v=onepage&q&f=false that are close to 200 years. Most people didn’t own a loom as it was loaned out to people it is very large but was designed to be mobile. http://feutresdeplandvisites.weebly.com/uploads/1/7/0/8/17086268/looms.pdf

Looms have been used since the 1300s in order to weave cloth and tapestry. The loom is used to do weaving which is done by intersecting the longitudinal threads with the transverse threads. People needed looms so that every household could affectively produce silks and fabrics. http://www.history1700s.com/index.php/articles/156-home-life-in-colonial-days/814-hand-weaving.html

People used this invention so that they would have a better way to weave fabrics and silks to sew more complex structures. The size of the looms greatly contributed to the complexity of garments made. This was very useful especially in businesses as people liked to have more beautiful and intricate pieces of clothing.

Additional picture of loom is a similar loom to the original loom captured.


Marcus Chopin


For more information on looms see:



Marcus Chopin, “Looms in Cajun French history,” History Harvest of Louisiana French-Speaking Heritage, accessed September 21, 2017, http://louisianafrench.omeka.net/items/show/167.


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