Oldest evidence of patterned silk loom found in China

The technology fed the Silk Road trade

ancient pattern loom

LOOM ROOM  Excavation of a roughly 2,100-year-old tomb in southern China uncovered four small-scale models of pattern looms, including these two shown where they were found alongside several wooden figurines. These discoveries represent the earliest clues to a weaving technique that transformed silk production.

Tao Xie, Feng Zhao et al/Antiquity 2017

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