Patterns for Skew Mad Weave Polyhedra

Paul Gailiunas
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 13–18


Mad weave (anyam gila) is a type of basketry originating in Indonesian area. There is very little literature on the technique, and it is not widely used, but it produces a very pleasing fabric, with a symmetry (p6, or 632 in orbifold notation) that makes it suitable for the construction of polyhedra with triangular and hexagonal faces. Various patterns can be produced if strands of different colours are used, but in practice for any particular polyhedron geometric constraints limit the possibilities to just a few that have reasonably small fundamental regions, and are consistent with its symmetry.