This is not strictly speaking a how-to book, but rather a basic background book which should stimulate creative invention through better understanding of what the weaver has to work with-the characteristics of yarns, the weave patterns, colors. The home weaver, the designer working with textiles, the stylist, teachers and students of handicrafts, all should find this interesting. An introductory section traces the evolution of weaving from the primitive shelter and carrier, to modern looms. The primary techniques -- the contribution of the Renaissance weavers, the Orient, Persia; the mechanical developments; the changes in available materials- all related to the fundamental procedures. A loom, its parts and functions, are meticulously analyzed. Fibers, from the first uses of hair and wool to the synthetics (a table of yarn count is a valuable item for weavers). Then- leading up to philosophical basis of design, there is discussion of the foundation weaves, combinations and color values.