Japan Tour 2017 – Day 8



Day 8. Chibana Village Okinawa. At the Chibana Hanaori Cooperative they also wove cloth with extra warp threads to create patterns with threads floating on the surface. This complicated but beautiful cloth also had some ikat designs where the tied and dyed threads are woven in the cloth along with areas where the threads ride on the surface of the cloth.



This is the back side if the previous cloth. The threads not on the “right side” float on the back of the cloth.



In this area the shafts on the loom are lifted to create the patterns on the top of the cloth with this hook. In the previous studio they pulled down the shafts with their toe or foot to make the patterns.



For this pattern extra threads were laid in as the weaving progressed. We call this inlay technique. The left side if the photo is the right dide of the cloth and the right side shows the back side. See the next photo.



Here the yellow thread is the starting point of an inlay design.



The warp beams on the looms were square.



A photo of Part of the weaving studio.



The warp beams are square but they are round with the warp wound on them. There is a square “sleeve” made of wood that goes on the beam before the warp is wound on. I don’t know why. The photo shows that one warp is the foundation thread and the other for the pattern.


 

2 thoughts on “Japan Tour 2017 – Day 8

  1. “There is a square “sleeve” made of wood that goes on the beam before the warp is wound on. I don’t know why.”
    Could it be that the warps are prepared elsewhere and loaded onto the loom when finished? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for winding on the warps to each of the looms in the space.

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