What a beautiful way to investigate patterns and design. People have been creating magnificent geometric patterns for 1000s of years. Wandering nomads weave camel and sheep hair to produce rugs, and those closer to big towns spin silk and weave intricate designs – clothes, decorations for the house, cloths for rituals. Here are plenty of examples of tribal textiles to start a conversation with your students.

Are the designs symmetrical? How many different colours are used? Are the designs simple or complex? Who might create such a textile? How long might it take them to weave or embroider?

Follow up in your own classroom by decorating some placemats or decorated cloths. Try creating some simple weaving frames and weave coloured wool.