Japan Tour 2017 – Day 4


Day 4. We flew to Kume Island for the day and visited a spectacular place where they make traditional cloth from raising the silk worms, reeling the silk off the cocoons, tying and dyeing the warp and weft threads and weaving. It is the Kumejoma Tsumugi Museum.



Here are baby silk worms being taken care of I can’t remember why the women were taking off the worms and putting them in the boxes. I think they were in the process of feeding them. They eat a lot of fresh mulberry leaves and will grow to the size of a thumb.



Here the women are unwinding the silk thread from the cocoons. You can see how many cocoons are making a single silk thread.



Here the tied and dyed warp threads are being adjusted so the pattern will be exactly lined up for each and every thread. The little bobbin is putting a bit of extra tension on a warp to keep the thread lined up.



This is a small area showing how the dyed threads come together in the woven cloth. This tiny motif is precise and woven by one of the experts.


 

3 thoughts on “Japan Tour 2017 – Day 4

  1. I love these posts. And this one was really wonderful because it is great to see how they measure for the dyed threads that go into those tiny designs. Thanks!

  2. What a wonderful trip to Japan so far. I can only imagine it will become even more fascinating. Though it will be hard to out-do those silk worms.
    Your photography is wonderful!
    Diane

  3. I know nothing about the dyeing & weaving, but the materials look really lovely & most important, it sounds as though U R having a wonderful time. The places which U have shown in photos look both lovely & interesting. The silkworms look a b it YUK, but that’s O.K. Continue enjoying, & many thanks 4 the interesting updates.
    Dorie

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