My Japan Weaving Tour – Day 20

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Day 20 a visit to the village Kami-Seya outside of the town of Miyazu outside of Kyoto. Kami mean upper and we were at the top of these steps at a former school where people came for a workshop to learn to weave with wisteria.


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This is what the wild wisteria vines look like. I had no idea they are so thick. Of course certain vines are better suited for the fibers and a certain part of the vine is used. The preparation is hugely time consuming.


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The first step in preparation for the thin threads used for weaving. Each step results in finer and softer threads.


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One of the steps is to smooth and separate the fibers in running water. A lot of time was taken for this step I thought.


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Here the students were learning how to knot the fibers to make a continuous thread.


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Here is a spool of thread. I’m not sure if it is for the warp or weft. From the look of the woven cloth both warp and weft threads may be prepared in the same way. These students have been coming to learn once a month to learn all the stages. The first one was In the spring to cut the vines when they are soft. It was a wonderful experience for our next to the last day in Japan.

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