Sunday, June 23, 2013

Oriented weavers: teleological weaving

Kagome weaving. In polyphase unit-weaving each of these weavers would have a specified direction (orientation.)

Polyphase weavers have a structure similar to fallen-over dominoes. This structure gives the composite weaver a definite directionality or orientation.

Weaver paths can wander all over a basket, sometimes crossing over themselves. In some cases a single weaver constitutes the whole basket.

The weaving elements used in traditional basket making have an orientation—the direction that the plant material, say rattan or bamboo, grew—but it is not usually a concern in weaving. A composite puck weaver has an orientation too.  The structure of a composite weaver is like a row of dominoes that has fallen over. Just as we can tell in which direction the dominoes fell, the structure of a composite weaver has a definite orientation. Either orientation will work fine in the weaving, so orientation would not be a concern if we were to make the whole weaver in one step. The problem is that we will be building small portions of weaver at a time, and generally not knowing which weaver we are working on. The only solution is to have complete foreknowledge of the basket being woven so that the orientation of each unit weaver being placed can be specified.

When weaving by undip code, we add one triangle at a time to the completed work. The triangle depicts three segments of weaver. The orientation of two segments are already fixed because  they also appeared in the preceding triangle. If the letter for the triangle is a close letter, then the orientation of the third segment is fixed by its appearance in the older triangle that is being closed to. Thus the orientation of the weavers in puck weaving requires the addition of one bit of information to each open letter in an undip code.

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