Study on the Relation between the Linked-Pearl Pattern and Weaving Technology in Ancient China
The linked-pearl pattern on fabric is a key to study on the transformation of the technique from weaving warp-faced patterns to weft-faced patterns in ancient China. However, the previous studies on the linked-pearl pattern on fabric were not very clear, and led to much misunderstanding. Some researchers believed that Chinese weavers did not master the technique of weft-faced patterns until Persian merchants introduced the brocades with a pattern featuring stringed ball into China along the Silk Road. Based on the studies on historical materials and archeological discoveries of the linked-pearl pattern on fabric, we hold that there are positive connections among the linked-pearl pattern, the technique of weaving weft-faced patterns and the draw loom. The dissemination of the linked-pearl pattern prompted the development of pattern design and the wide application of weft-faced pattern on fabric, even the invention of the draw loom which accelerated the development of textile technology in ancient China.
Xiaoming Qian and Huawu Liu
B. Li and Q. Li, "Study on the Relation between the Linked-Pearl Pattern and Weaving Technology in Ancient China", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 332-334, pp. 2093-2098, 2011