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  • A serpent-like water dragon, a mythical animal that appears in various guises throughout Southeast Asia. Representations of the naga vary from detailed and lifelike to stylized and abstracted S, Z and W shapes found on some textiles.
  • Dye in which the coloring agent is extracted from plant, animal, or mineral matter. The most common natural dyes are found in plants, but certain insects produce a red dye and certain shellfish produce a purple dye. Rust is an ancient mineral dye.

  • One of two sheds used for making plain weave fabrics, the other opening being called the counter shed. On simple looms the natural shed is held open with a stick (shed stick or shed rod).
  • Part of a drawloom or a Jacquard loom; a cord that connects a leash to the patterning device.