Gauze and Wonder

Gauze — in Swedish they called it Slinger.  in Chinese we called it 紗.

I have made a series of weave samples taking reference from Gauze…. It even happened over night.  It was my first time in history ever to stay at school till the other morning.  But it was amazing. Never felt like this much energy from within. Just get to the loom and get the right materials and weave till I can finally come up with a satisfied piece.  …. and a lot of  time when I’m alone myself— my best time a day to work. A weirdo I have always been, I admit.


All the amazement wonder flourished when I have come across this fabric. I always have some special affection to certain softness and subtlety.

I am not very keen on weaving. The woven result is good itself but not the process …no never!!  Then here in Swedish School of Textile, my first class in weave is a real CLASS. I was taught about weave (tabby, twill, panama…) on powerpoint …and all the drafting grid squares. This is really killing me.

But then we had the chance to sit around the table and to look at some exclusive fabrics. I think anyone will just be touched by all the delicacy from a woven piece.  Some subtle effort between the warp and weft. And all the different threads and fibres just incorporate well to leave you in great awe…

This piece is made with the gauze technique.

… if looking for some technical text…
(these are from the gauze technical folder and some other weave books. )

Gauze :
two block of leno –completely loom-controlled— on only 3 shafts.

Leno is a weave structure in which warp threads move out of their usual position and cross over adjacent  warp threads to be locked in a new position by the weft. 

A fabric shows only these crossing— it is called gauze.
The fabric includes both the crossing and plain weave — it is called leno.

I know these are of the technical bits. Now comes the history bits….

Gauze has long history in China. Gauze weave is  mainly in silk. Something happened in the realm of Chu… during the Warring States period… a bit during the Song Dynasty. Done.  … or we can go to library together if will want to know more…

In short, they are to reach high degree of perfection and gauze silk has maintained its popularity in China. It is highly prized since they could e woven in a very thin quality but still keep up their durability.

If you can read these gauze technique diagrams…

I don’t understand any one of them at all. But these drafting do look nice. like the drawings by Paul Klee.

This is an original gauze silk  from ancient  China. This rosy silk sample has a pattern with flower sprays and a four-lobed form. In simple form of gauze, very pleasing.

Gauze experiment from a gauze weave folder.

There are many different technique in gauze:
-pattern gauze
-striped gauze
-plain gauze
-plain ‘pongees’

Anyway, these technical stuff has not much to do with me now cause I have interpreted my own gauze pattern. It is my very first time to get enchanted by a conventional technique and I am very delighted to present it in an unconventional way.

Special thanks to Åsa Haggren and  Hanna Lindholm. Textile is a lot more beautiful because of you guys 😀


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