...let me count the ways. But first let me tell you that the time has finally come to just do it, just organize my thoughts about lampas for the dobby loom, just weave sample after sample, and just put down my conclusions. It's really past time. Way past. But I have begun.
...let me count the ways. When you talk about lampas, there are so many variables that it's hard to pin things down. Lampas is a compound cloth, two warps, two (or more) wefts. The ratio of primary warp to secondary warp can be 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, or more. The structure of the primary cloth can be plain weave, twill, or satin; ditto for the secondary cloth. When primary cloth is on the surface, the secondary cloth can be tied to it or completely separate (when secondary cloth is on top it is always tied). There is usually one secondary weft, but there can be two or more. These secondary wefts can weave one at a time or in combination. Then there is the patterning: thread warp in blocks? thread pattern ends in straight line? thread on a network? If you multiply these variables out, you come up with over 400 options.
The shadows are growing long. I'm not likely to complete 400 sample warps. But I will choose a dozen or so and I think this will give me some very good information. And it will be fun. Come along for the ride. Comments always appreciated.