Dobby fabrics are woven on a dobby loom with a limited number of harnesses. Because the weave is limited by the number of harnesses, dobby designs are usually small and geometric.
Wide Herringbone Dobby
Reverse Twill Dobby
Dobby fabrics can be made entirely of yarns of the same color or type. The woven design of solid color dobbies becomes obvious as a result of varying light reflections of different areas of the weave, creating a textured look.
Dobbies can also be yarn-dyed, in which the warp and filling are different colors, or where the warp or filling contains numerous colors which will add dimension to the weave.
A dobby loom is capable of producing complex twills, satins, small geometric figures, and pattern stripes. It uses an electronic or mechanical device called a dobby to control the movements of up to 28 harnesses.
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Fabric made on a dobby loom which allows weaves to be created using small geometric patterns.view in glossary
A loom that uses a mechanical device called a dobby to control the movements of the harnesses. This loom is…view in glossary
A mechanism that controls the harnesses on a dobby loom, allowing weaves to be created using small geometric patterns. This…view in glossary