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Tapestry is a form of
textile art, traditionally
woven on a vertical
loom. However, it can
also be woven on a
floor loom as well. It is
composed of two sets
of interlaced threads,
those running parallel to
the length (called the
warp) and those parallel
to the width (called the
weft); the warp
threads are set up
under tension on a
loom, and the weft
thread is passed back
and forth across part or
all of the warps.
Tapestry is weft-faced
weaving, in which all the
warp threads are
hidden in the completed
work, unlike cloth
weaving where both
the warp and the weft
threads may be visible.
In tapestry weaving,
weft yarns are typically
discontinuous; the
artisan interlaces each
coloured weft back and
forth in its own small
pattern area. It is a
plain weft-faced weave
having weft threads of
different colours
worked over portions of
the warp to form the
Most weavers use a
naturally based warp
thread such as linen or
cotton. The weft
threads are usually
wool or cotton, but may
include silk, gold, silver,
or other alternatives.

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