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Synergo Arts Ergonomic Weaving Bench

Ergonomically designed rocking bench with detachable footrest for use with a traditional backstrap loom. Enables women artisans to protect their health while producing more textiles of better quality. As a result, they increase their ability to provide for their families, and also preserve their weaving culture. Designed to be made locally from plywood with a foam rubber cushion. Height of seat and position of footrest can be adjusted to fit the individual and allow sharing between users.

Synergo Arts Ergonomic Weaving Bench

Primary Function: To increase women's ability to provide for their families and protect their own health. The bench facilitates creation of higher quality textile products, empowerment to indigenous communities, and preservation of traditions.

Targeted Beneficiaries: People who weave with a backstrap loom.

Need Addressed: To enable women to weave without the pain and fatigue that result from kneeling for long periods of time. The bench enhances productivity while reducing cumulative trauma to weavers' bodies.

Uniqueness: The bench rocks with the rhythm of the weaver's movement as she weaves. The footrest provides leverage and stability. Because the specially-shaped and padded seat is adjustable, it fits the individual and allows sharing other weavers in the family or community.

Dimensions: Available in the educational resources posted on the Internet Archive (links below).

User Requirements: Can be adjusted to fit the individual weaver. Needs to be used on a surface that is dry and level.

Resources: Free resources for making and using the bench are available in English and Spanish here.

Approximate Cost: The educational resources are available for free. People who make and sell the bench do so independently and are responsible for quality and pricing.

Synergo Arts Ergonomic Weaving Bench

Geographic Coverage: World-wide free access to information for making and using the bench is available on the Internet Archive in English and Spanish.

Distributor: Synergo Arts

Primary Contacts: Ergonomist/designer Karen Piegorsch

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Phone Number: N/A

Physical Address: N/A

Website: http://www.bewellworkbetter.com/

Other Information and Links: Resources here; Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4

Synergo Arts Ergonomic Weaving Bench

Ergonomically designed rocking bench with detachable footrest for use with a traditional backstrap loom. Enables women artisans to protect their health while producing more textiles of better quality. As a result, they increase their ability to provide for their families, and also preserve their weaving culture. Designed to be made locally from plywood with a foam rubber cushion. Height of seat and position of footrest can be adjusted to fit the individual and allow sharing between users.

A Community Enterprise Solutions Group Resource | 2012