Some weavers weave in a set beats per minute (BPM) without even realizing it. This tempo, sometimes fast or slow, is often coupled with a repeated pattern of sounds. This repeated pattern is what is referred to as Rhythm.
Rhythm is among the most important fundamental elements in music, with differences in rhythmic structure characterizing different music styles.
So in effect, this structure concerning weaving could also point to the weaving done. Regardless of speed, set repeated patterns could almost always be heard depending on the type of weaving.
Thus far, I’ve identified a range of BPMs for some Kente weavers in Ghana –– 100 BPM. In tandem with this, I also experimented with some of these set repeated patterns of sounds.
I visually examined the waveforms of these sound patterns to see how I could work with these sound patterns to depict visual patterns. These could then be woven as cloths as well.
October 22 2020