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What if, instead of going shopping for new clothes, you can just download fabric patterns and weave clothing from your home computer? That’s one of the possibilities suggested by the open-source desktop, Jacquard loom that artist Pamela Liou is currently developing, but the project has the potential to be much more than just a fabric printer.
The term “Jacquard” comes from the name of the man who invented the process of using perforated cards to input pattern designs into the first automated looms, just like the punch cards used to input data for the first IBM computers. Jacquard looms are considered one of the earliest computing devices, and it seems only natural that in the age of portable digital devices we should have an equally portable digital loom. According to Liou, the only computerized Jacquard looms available are “very expensive, and difficult to get access to.” So, to bridge the gap between traditional hand-weaving looms and their unobtainable, automated cousins, the Dot-Matrix Loom, which Liou lovingly nicknamed “Doti,” was born.
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