The back strap loom, pictured here, is a type of loom used to weave cloth and tapestry, still used today by artisans in parts of Central and South America, as well as Asia. Usually, the loom consists of sticks, rope and a strap that encircles the weaver’s waist or backside, making the weaver’s body an integral part of the weaving process as he or she moves forward or backward to tighten and loosen the tension against the threads.
Due to its simple technology, the loom is inexpensive and can be set up almost anywhere, giving weavers the mobility to work in or outside of the home.
This photo was taken in the municipality of Ixtenco in Tlaxcala, Mexico, where artisans create beautiful textiles using the back strap loom. Aid to Artisans is committed to preserving traditional techniques and art forms such as the back strap loom through its programming.