Ñawi Awapa Braid

Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Ñawi awapa (Eyes on a Cloth) Braid

I was introduced to this braid by a fellow member of the West of Scotland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, who had learnt about it at a workshop with the late Ed Franquemont. The instructions here follow those given in the booklet from that workshop.

This braid is a crossed warp tubular weave that is woven without any heddles. As it is tubular the weft always crosses from the same direction. The warp crossings can be complicated so the back side of the weave is a bit of a mess but this doesn’t matter because it all ends up inside the tube. Three colours are needed for the ñavi (eyes) with red, black and white being common combinations, and two to four colours for the listas (stripes) between them — in the sample below pale grey and two shades of green were used.