invention of weaving reveals in a direct way the basic and universal
properties of natural structure such as modularity, left and right
helical symmetry, and elementary structural geometry.
Two and only
two fundamental fabric weave structures exist: the standard two-way
plain weave forming squares and the three-way triangle/hexagon weave
seen most often in basketry. Though there are many variations such
as criss-crossing and doubling, etc., these two are the only primary
A single weaving
event, passing one thread over another, creates a mini-structure:
two filaments crossing and in contact with one another, each warping
the other where they press in contact. Bypasses, crosses and Xs
have become powerful symbols and signs: a Christian cross, skull
and crossbones, crossed fingers, Xd out, sign here, "keep out".
When two objects cross one another, two axes are created along the
diagonals; one has a right-handed, clockwise helix and the other
a left-hand or counterclockwise helix. This, along with magnetism
with its north and south polarities, electrons and positrons, is
the very root of binariness. This duality which occurs at every
crossing teaches the first lesson about the nature of structure.
The helical phenomenon plays a vital role in determining how things
get connected together.