Rapier weaving, also called gripper weaving, refers to weaving on a rapier weaving loom respectively a gripper weaving loom. Rapier looms have no shuttles, instead they have carriers called rapiers, which resemble fingers. Furthermore, the rapier does not carry the weft package by itself.
Rapier weaving is rather popular these days, as the rapier weaving loom is versatile in terms of possible weaving patterns or fabric weight. The yarn is subjected to minimal stress with rapier weaving so that yarn breakages are seldom on rapier weaving looms.