Supplementary Weft

(Glossary Term)

Extra weft, in addition to ground weft, which is used for patterning. Supplementary weft usually has contrasting color to that of the ground weft. They can float over or wrapped around several warps to create patterns. Supplementary wefts can be continuous or discontinuous. Weavers may add supplementary wefts to a limited part of the fabric (discontinuous supplementary weft or inlaid supplementary weft) or they may use wefts that extend from selvedge to selvedge (continuous supplementary weft). Wefts may interlace with the warp the same way as the ground weft, or they may wrap around the warp (weft wrapping), for example in sungkit cloths made in Borneo.

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