June – Birka motif with a Slavic vibe

This band is unusual in the sense that in between the repeated motifs there are some floating threads left. This is done so to achieve green only space which nicely highlights the pattern. For those interested in how to weave a one colour surface without floating threads, I recommend the double-faced technique. The pattern of my belt comes from Birka, Sweden. The original band was brocaded which is not difficult to repeat but very time-consuming. I am just too impatient to do it, I am rather a threaded-in 4 tablet patterns weaver 🙂

The pattern reminds me of how Mokosh, the Slavic goddess of earth, home and wool spinning, was traditionally pictured. She was imagined to have a large head and long wide open arms. She was usually painted or embroidered in red.

 

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