Loom Weaving

Oblin Etienne is a third generation loom weaving artisan that has been weaving for over 27 years. He is one of the few loom weaving artisans left in Haiti and specializes in hammocks and rugs. Due to a decrease in resources available in Haiti over the years, his craft has become increasingly difficult to produce. His favorite part of the weaving process is preparing the threads, which usually takes him 1-2 days. He finds weaving to be therapeutic and says he enjoys being able to quietly work with his hands from his home in Port au Prince, Haiti. Oblin is extremely proud of his craft and to carry on his family tradition in a country where loom artisans are dying out and the craft is at risk of being forgotten.