Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Research article
20 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2022

Structural analysis of ancient Chinese textile mechanisms

Shi-Wu Li, Kan Shi, Ming-Jie Wang, and Yan-An Yao

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Short summary
China is one of the first countries that produced textiles in the world. It has designed and developed a variety of equipment to facilitate textile work. However, due to unclear descriptions in the records and illustrations, a variety of designs with different structures may have been produced. This paper briefly analyzes the structures of textile mechanisms and explores the degree of freedom of the mechanisms to find feasible designs in line with functional requirements.