This book opens with a fully functional miniature weaving machine that lets you weave fabric!


Kramer’s (from Seinfeld) idea for a coffee table book that converts to a coffee table may be up for some stiff competition!

A winner of Red Dot Design Concept Award, Cai WeiQun’s post actually has a loom inside that weaves small pieces of wool! Entitled “XIU – This Book Can Be Woven”, this relatively large book glorifies the traditional Taiwanese craft style while literally allowing the reader to weave their own thread!

“Traditional weaving tools are huge and complicated, with weaving processes generally difficult to learn. XIU hopes that the opportunity to experiment with simple weaving techniques will pique the reader’s curiosity to learn more about weaving culture,” says designer Cai WeiQun. The weaving machine is directly demonstrated within the pages of the book, allowing the reader to simply flip through the pages and appreciate the art form not through text or images, but through actual experience!

Designate: Cai Wei Qun

The name of the book XIU comes from the Taiwanese onomatopoeic word xiu, which is the sound the loom makes while you weave. (The sound of the shuttle moving from left to right and back) WeiQun’s book provides an encyclopedic amount of information on weaving stories, techniques and patterns, while the front of the book functions as a flying shuttle loom, allowing you to actually practice what you read in theory!

Famous for its unique way of letting readers learn about weaving (by practicing the art form as well), XIU not only won the Red Dot Design Concept Awardhe won the Golden Pin Design Award as well as the Taipei Award.

Also, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen original creative books here on YD! This Bookniture book turns into a real stool, while this publication opens into a vase for your flowers!


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