you moved through the weft of your mother

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ladyjuly

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Hi everybody!

I am translating a Native American tale/poem.
The context: The people of the village are waiting for a girl's birth. The have gathered to welcome her and to carry gifts for her.
They describe the situation of the girl who is travelling from her spirit house to her family.

"Did you see us as we gathered in the town beneath the mountains?
We were dressed in concern and happiness.
We were overwhelmed with awe as you moved through the weft of your mother."

What does "weft" mean in this context?
Thanks for your help.
 
  • natkretep

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    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Weft is a term from weaving as our dictionary tells us:
    weft1
    noun
    (in weaving) the crosswise threads that are passed over and under the warp threads on a loom to make cloth.
    Sometimes this can be used as a metaphor of how a baby comes into being, and the mother's womb is imagined as a kind of loom. A similar metaphor is that of knitting, which you can find in the Bible, for example: 'For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb' (Psalm 139:13).
     
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