Some contemporary artists use knitting to make textile art called yarnbombing.Not all textile art methods require yarn or thread.Textile art is the process of creating something using fibers gained from sources like plants, animals, insects (think silk worms! People developed textiles to keep warm, to protect surfaces and to insulate dwellings. Textile fragments have been found dating back to prehistoric times and there's a good reason for this. How would you feel if you didn't have warm clothing?Merging the two together is the process of weaving. The native Chilkat peoples, who live along the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, made beautiful, elaborate blankets by weaving warp threads made of cedar-bark string with weft threads spun from mountain goat or sheep wool.Can you image how long it would take to make something like this?Cotton was the textile of choice in the sahel region as well, and was traditionally used to make clothing for both genders.The earliest surviving sub-Saharan textiles date as far back as the ninth century BC, and come from the Igbo Ukwu site in Nigeria.
They also include weaving, where warp and weft threads are interlaced on a loom, ad knitting, involving a single strand of yard made into a fabric with a series of loops.Dyeing textiles is a process used to color individual yards and threads or to add color and decoration to whole pieces of fabric.Dyes are substances that permanently change the color of fabric (unlike paints, which tend to sit on the surface). Textiles may be dipped in dye or the dye may be stamped, painted, or stenciled onto them. Textile art involves making something from fibers from a variety of sources.Yarnbombing involves covering items in the neighborhood or external environment, like cars, bicycles or trees, with knitting.Not all textile making and decorating methods require yarns and threads. In needle felting, fibers are pressed together by repeatedly stabbing them with small needles until they condense into a thick material or object.In felting, fibers like wood or fur are matted to form a fabric. In wet felting, an artist uses heat, water, a mild soap, and friction to press the fibers together.If you look on sites like Etsy, you can find many examples of people specializing in felting with everything from clothing to portraits of people's pets.Examples of such textiles include tapestries, rugs, quilts, and of course clothing.People also used textiles to make objects that signaled status or commemorated important events.Weaving requires using a piece of equipment called a loom.The warp threads are held tight and the weft threads are fed through them.