When I was visiting northern Thailand, I wanted to learn how to spin using an Akha spindle, which of course meant finding someone from the Akha hilltribe to teach me. I asked around a bit, and finally wangled an opportunity to spend four days studying spinning and weaving with Ahta, my guide’s mother-in-law.
It was one of the best experiences of my entire trip. While I wasn’t a weaver at the time, I took copious photos of the weaving process, in hopes of being able to reproduce it someday. Now that I am a weaver, I appreciate it all the more.
The Akha loom is really interesting, and worth a closer look – the two final photos in the gallery show the entire loom.
As far as I know, the Akha only weave plainweave, in indigo and white – embellishments are made in embroidery afterwards.
You can read more about my adventures with the Akha in the Thailand section of my travel blog.