Earliest Evidence of Pattern Looms Discovered in China
The discovery of the miniature scene astonished archaeologists, who were surveying an area slated for subway construction in Chengdu, a city in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, in 2013. The looms may be small — the largest is about the size of a child’s toy piano — but they’re the earliest evidence on record of looms that could be used to weave patterns, the researchers said.
It’s unclear when and where the first looms were developed, but archaeologists have found ancient looms parts at a variety of sites. Pattern looms likely inspired people to make the draw loom — a device that can weave even more complex patterns