Conventional loom-woven fabrics depend on two sets of perpendicular elements – warp and weft- for their primary structure. The rigid geometry constrains their dimensional form and ow. While most cloth has always been woven on looms, a far greater variety of non-loom textile-making processes have employed a single yarn element that engages with itself to create fabric. Knitting, macramé, and crochet are examples of such techniques. The inherent flexibility and versatility of such textiles, have enabled some of the earliest and most significant advances in architecture and technology in human civilisation.
The idea is given an unusual turn by graphic designer and sculptor Sachin George Sebastian, who creates an endless yarn from a self-interlocking unit of commonly-used buckram. A backing material normally hidden from view beneath a decorative textile or garment, the buckram takes centre-stage in this installation. Interlocked units come together in a potentially infinite expanse, creating an architectural passage with openings that lead one onward. In the process, these mechanical buckram units are transformed into free-flowing fabric walls of great lightness and fluidity.