Weaving through the rice fields

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A Karen back strap loom at a teak and bamboo house in Nohbo village, Tak Province, Thailand. This simple hand loom is attached at one end to a bamboo wall or floor. At the other end a strap fixes the loom to the body round the weaver's back. This type of loom can be rolled up and moved around but is restricted in width to the size of a shoulder bag or a quarter of a tunic, which means many tunics have to be sewn together at the front and back as well as under the arms.