Unusually large tape loom with oak base. Connecticut, 1740-1800.
Long before zippers and velcro, and when buttons were an expensive purchase, woven tapes (ribbons) tied together clothing. Tape was found everywhere: garters, apron strings, belts, powder horn straps, decoration for hemlines, hat brims, trim for women’s pockets, ties for seed or grain bags, loops for hanging up towels — the list goes on. The tape loom works similar to a traditional loom. Wool or fabric fed through the holes stays stationary; that fed into the slats moves up and down and a shuttle is used to weave and create patterns.