Invention of a Portable Bobbin Winder for the Ghanaian Indigenous Weaving Industry
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 139-151
Received: Oct. 11, 2019; Accepted: Oct. 30, 2019; Published: Nov. 7, 2019
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Gbadegbe Richard Selase, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Vigbedor Divine, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Quashie Mawuli, Department of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
Bijou Asemsro, Department of Fashion Design and Textiles, Ho Technical University, Ho, Ghana
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Weaving consists of the interlacing of warp and weft yarns at right angles to form a fabric. Fabric is usually woven on a device known as a loom. Before weaving is carried out on the loom, the warp and weft yarns are prepared using some special devices. The warp yarns or ends are prepared using the warping mill while the weft is prepared using the bobbin winder. In Ghana, different versions of the bobbin winder exist. A cursory glance at the types of bobbins in Ghana reveal that manually operated bobbin winders used by local weavers are slow and yarns produced from them slough off very easily due to uneven tensioning during winding. Aside that, the use of automatic bobbin winders is limited to only places where there is electricity and they are too big and heavy to carry around. This study is therefore aimed at producing an efficient and portable bobbin winder to be used by students and local artisans in the field of weaving for weft preparation. The descriptive research method was employed for the study. A major finding of the study is that a number of bobbins were prepared within two minutes using the three gear train device. It is therefore recommended that more gear trains are introduced into the machine to enhance the speed and efficiency of winding.
Bobbin Winder, Bobbin, Warp Yarn, Weft Yarn, Warping Mill and Fabric
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Gbadegbe Richard Selase, Vigbedor Divine, Quashie Mawuli, Bijou Asemsro, Invention of a Portable Bobbin Winder for the Ghanaian Indigenous Weaving Industry, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 139-151. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190706.13
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