L-M BRIC News Illustrated Instruction Series No. 10                        2007/05/25© 2007

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ILLUSTRATED INSTRUCTION SERIES: NO. 10

 

F-H L-M BRAIDING TECHNIQUE OF
GUAJIRO INDIANS

 

 

For preliminary information, please refer to

ILLUSTARTED INSTRUCTION SEIRES No. 1;

FOR FINGER-HELD LOOP MANIPULATION BRAIDING

 

Introduction:

The Guajiros wind a skein between a stick stuck on the ground and their fingers. They support the braid head by anchoring the tied end of the skein to the left big toe. For tightening the structure they push the fell by the big toe of the other foot.

The hands are held with the PALMS facing UP. In this position, the two shanks of loops line up in the outer-inner relationship, rather than that of upper-lower, which we see more often when the palms face toward each other. Here, however, we follow our convention of calling the shanks 'upper' and 'lower' instead of 'outer' and 'inner.'

When transferring a loop, however, the palm of the operating hand is turned facing down and take the loops upwards by either the index or small finger called for by the recipes used. This palm position dictates that the loops to be transferred are taken always hooked from above. In the following, therefore, instructions state only which one of the shanks is taken; the upper for eOf transfers and the lower for those of eCf.

 

Prepare loops as required and mount them on the fingers as directed.  (See preliminary information.)

 

Braiding procedures

 

Maize blossoms1. Makusua  Maize Blossoms = 4-strand round (4-element tubular) braid

For this recipe each loop works as one element.

No. of loops: 4 Mount each loop on fingers b and d of both hands.

For Vertical stripes: M-colored loops on Lb and Rd and N-colored loops on Ld and Rb

For Z-helical stripes: M-colored loops on b of both hands and N-colored loops on both d's

For S-helical stripes: M-colored loops on one hand and N-colored loops on the other,

 

Step 1: Ra takes ld.

Step 2: Ld takes rb.

Step 3: La takes rd.

Step 4: Rd takes lb.

Shift loops a to b on both hands.

Tighten the structure every other step. Repeat steps 1 to 4.

 

For this recipe, it doesn't matter which one of the shanks is picked.

 

2. Wayanatouya means a small piece of flat board. (We donft know the meaning of this name.)

WayanatouyaThis is a combination of two 4-element 2-ridge flat braids.

No. of loops: 4 Mount the loops on both index and ring fingers.

For diagonal stripes: M-colored loops on Lb and Rc and N-colored loops on Lc and Rb

For fish bones: M-colored loops on b of both hands and N-colored loops on both d's

 

Step 1: Rb goes through rc and takes the upper of la.

Step 2: Lb goes through lc and takes the upper of ra.

Step 3: Shift lc to La. (Help by the right hand.)

Step 4: Shift rc to Ra, (Help by the left hand.)

Step 5: Shift lb to Lc, and rb to Rc.

Repeat steps 1-5.

 

In place of Step 5

Step 5': Insert Lc into lb, and Rc into rb. (Two fingers in a loop.) Then proceed to the latter halves of steps 1 and 2.

 

3. Yaliwanasu (1) = Rattail the 1st variation. 7-loop 7-element 2-ridge flat braid. (Here we call 'RATTAIL', it actually is the tail of a kind of rodents.)

Each loop works as an element. A method 2 recipe. (The Tollemache book has a method 1 recipe.)

Rat-tailsNo. of loops: 7 Mount the loops on 7 fingers, leaving Rd empty.

Color allotment: MNMN-MNM, MMNN-NMM, MMMM-NNN, etc.

 

Step 1: Rd takes the upper of la. Shift up the left loops and empty Ld.

Step 2: Ld takes the upper of ra. Shift up the right loops and empty Rd.

Tighten the structure. Repeat steps 1 and 2.

 

4. Yaliwanasu (2) RATTAIL the 2nd var. 7-loop braid with an unorthodox pattern.

A double-layer combination braid of two 2-ridge 2/4 twill flat braids.

No. of loops: 7 Mount the loops on 7 fingers, leaving Rd empty.

Color allotment: MMMM-NNN, MNMN-MNM etc.


Step 1: Rd goes through ld, skips over lc, lb and takes the upper of la. (C-transfer.)

la has been now transferred to Rd. Shift up lb, lc and ld.


Step 2: Ld goes through rd, skips over rc, rb and takes the upper of ra. (C-transfer.)

ra has been now transferred to Ld. Shift up rb, rc and rd.

Tighten the structure. Repeat steps 1 and 2.

 

5. Yaliwanasu (3) RATTAIL the 3rd var. 7-loop braid with an unorthodox pattern.

A double-layer combination braid of two 2-ridge 1/5 twill flat braids.

No. of loops: 7 Mount the loops on 7 fingers leaving Rd empty.

Color allotment: MMMM-NNN, MNMN-MNM etc.

 

Step 1: Rd goes through ld, lc, skips over lb and takes the upper of la. (C transfer)

la gets transferred to Rd. Shift lb, lc and ld.


Step 2: Ld goes through rd, rc, skips over rb and takes the upper of ra. (C transfer)

ra has been transferred to Ld.

Shift rb, rc and rd. Tighten the structure. Repeat Steps 1 and 2.