Fiber, Loom & Technique <p>ISSN 2994-2888</p> <p>The FLT online journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles related to textile production and use in ethnographic and historical contexts. As our title suggests, our articles focus on material properties, aspects of textile making, as well as functions. The ranges of topics include loom-woven textiles, non-loom textiles and baskets, and non-woven materials such as bark-cloth and their associated material. Our intended readership consists of academics and lay-people with an interest in textiles.</p> <p>This Open Access journal is published by the <a href="">Tracing Patterns Foundation</a>, a non-profit organization registered at 972 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, California 94708, with the support of an <a href="">international editorial team</a>. You may submit articles by <a href="">registering</a>. We encourage scholars with English as a second language to submit, and we provide basic English editing. Articles are published as soon as they have completed the editorial process, in the order they are received and edited. There is one 'Issue' per calendar year, with articles added on a rolling basis.</p> <p>If you would like to support this initiative, you can contribute your expertise as a reviewer (<a href="">contact us)</a> or make a <a href="">donation</a> to the Tracing Patterns Foundation. <a href="">More about the journal.</a></p> en-US (Christopher Buckley) (Sandra Sardjono) Thu, 15 Jun 2023 22:52:29 +0000 OJS 60 The fiber making and terfo weaving tradition of the Sobei people of Papua <p>This paper describes the process by which Sobei people in Sarwar Village, on the north coast of Papua, make yarn from palm leaves and weave this into a cloth called <em>terfo</em>, using a backstrap loom. We share details of this isolated and endangered technique that have not previously been recorded and correct some errors and omissions in earlier accounts. The Sobei, who speak an Austronesian language, are the only traditional loom weavers on the island of New Guinea. They are practitioners of a type of weaving that was formerly found in several Melanesian islands, but which was never as widespread as the better-known weaving traditions in the Indonesian and Philippine islands. Their yarn-making technique has importance for understanding how leaf fibers were processed before the arrival of cotton in the region. The foot-braced loom used by Sobei weavers is unique in the region and raises interesting questions concerning its origins.</p> Christopher Buckley, Enrico Kondologit, Yudha Yapsenang, Sandra Sardjono Copyright (c) 2023 Fiber, Loom & Technique Thu, 15 Jun 2023 00:00:00 +0000