Adaptation of the Broadloom for Pile Weaving

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The production of pile fabrics has been limited to the big textile establishments which make use of power and sophisticated looms that are capable of producing complex or intricate designs. This situation has been in existence since the development of the dobby and jacquard looms which scope has gone beyond the simple plain, twill and satin / sateen weaves to the production of complex or intricate designs. An adapted broadloom has been designed and constructed to increase the scope of the local industry. This project is therefore an attempt to adapt the broadloom such that it can be used for pile fabric production, thereby increasing the scope of the local textile industry and reducing the unemployment situation in the country. A sample has been produced, after the adaptation, as proof that the adapted loom is capable of producing such type of fabric. The whole process and mode of production of the sample have been explained and illustrated in the text. Pictures of the sample weave and the adapted loom have been provided in the report to substantiate the fact that, the broadloom can easily be adapted to suit that purpose.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, In Partial Fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Art Education, 2010