Weaver, India, 1774-1781.
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Engraving by Poison after a painting by Pierre Sonnerat (1748-1814), showing a man using a loom suspended from a tree. He uses strings attached to his feet to move the warp threads, and his hands to push the shuttle carrying the weft threads. Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781' ('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781'), published in 1782.