Manual Jacquard loom, Murshidabad, West Bengal – India, 2018

Plying silk threads – she must have a good callus between those toes!
Weaving loom with Jacquard attachment
Pattern produced with a Jacquard “machine”

The Jacquard attachment on the weaving loom allows the very rapid production of detailed patterns. The lifting of shafts is controlled by the attachment – a series of wooden “punch cards” rotate, each lifting a different series of shafts. The rotation of the cards is controlled by a foot pedal.