A Fantastic Kasuri Fabric

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shoji-yamamura-tying-threadsWhile in Kyushu Island south of the main island of Japan near the town of Karume is a distinguished master craftsman kasuri dyer. Kasuri is a form of ikat and can be warp-wise or weft-wise. The threads are dyed in a pattern then put on the loom and woven. Here is a photo of Shoji Yamamura tying threads to make a pattern. Then the threads are dyed with indigo for the traditional blue and white kasuri fabrics we know. We bought one of his gorgeous pieces–a length of cloth for a kimono with the idea of splitting up the piece when we got home. 

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On a Saturday afternoon the three of us met to divide the fabric–over 15 yards.

Here one third has been cut off and we are about to cut off the second piece.

 

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This is my piece and I love it more each day as it hangs on my wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the end piece– it’s the signature of the weaver and is woven at the beginning of the length of cloth. Note that the unwoven area shows the ikat pattern that was tied in the threads.  Also notable is the dyeing of the warp stripes–a specialty of this artist.

My Japan Weaving Tour – Day 1

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Day 1. Our trip to Chichibu to see Meisen weaving. This is outside the weaving shop. The man is the weaver. His mother made most of the delicious food which we ate with our tea after seeing everything and shopping.

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The looms! It always thrills me to see the looms. These were powered by the belts and pulleys overhead.

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For the Meisen technique the pattern is printed on the warp before weaving. Here you can see the supply of warp on the roller that shows the printed warp. The two layers in the photo show the printed warp threads more closely.

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On this loom every other thread goes over the rod. This distorts the pattern or shifts the pattern a bit so that an image can overlap itself. Instead of a simple circle a second circle overlaps the original one in the finished design.

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Here the weaver is explaining the printing process on the long printing table. Woven scarves are displayed overhead.

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This is a warp that has been printed on. It will be put into the back of a loom and then will be woven. This is a very special technique done in this village in the mountains outside Tokyo. I bought the beautiful blue and white silk scarf seen at the edge of the photo.

I’m off to Japan on my Weaving Tour

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Arrived in Tokyo at 4:00AM so stayed in this deluxe capsule hotel at Hamada Airport. There was room for my big suitcase thank goodness. We will be in Japan for three weeks.


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And room to stretch out and watch TV. No TV for me. The space cost around $30 for 3 hours and was really comfortable.


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This is what the regular price capsule looked like. Bathroom and shower were down a hall along with a Japanese bath big enough for 4 people. It was a glorious way to begin our first day.

My Textile Treasures

People have asked me why I am buying something on a trip and what am I going to do with it? My answer has been (to myself) “to have it”. I got inspired to really put away my textiles honorably when I visited a friend I met on the Philippines trip. Here is the result.

Japanese fragments & piece from an obi made of cocoons. Old blouse from Philippines, white wool piece with henna from Morocco, old tape loom. (I had the bars put up when I moved in 6 years ago.)

Japanese fragments & piece from an obi made of cocoons. Old blouse from Philippines, white wool piece with henna from Morocco, old tape loom. (I had the bars put up when I moved in 6 years ago.)

Textiles on shelves and in drawers in sideboard.

Textiles on shelves and in drawers in sideboard.

Blouse from Philippines, belt from Morocco, under kimono from Japan, narrow pieces from Japan, ikat hanging by me.

Blouse from Philippines, belt from Morocco, under kimono from Japan, narrow pieces from Japan, ikat hanging by me.

Drawers in tansu with scarves. Other places for my pj's, etc.

Drawers in tansu with scarves. Other places for my pj’s, etc.

Scarves in drawers of tansu chest. I need discipline to put them away after wearing them.

Scarves in drawers of tansu chest. I need discipline to put them away after wearing them.

Japanese things. Ceremonial kimono with fireflies design, obi made with fan reed, tea pot with fish lever to adjust height. Art piece by Adela Akers.

Japanese things. Ceremonial kimono with fireflies design, obi made with fan reed, tea pot with fish lever to adjust height. Art piece by Adela Akers.

Case with earrings and hair pieces from the Philippines. combs from India, Collage by Milton Sonday, textile art by Adela Akers. Japanese sake bottle and vase.

Case with earrings and hair pieces from the Philippines. combs from India, Collage by Milton Sonday, textile art by Adela Akers. Japanese sake bottle and vase.

Peggy’s Weaving Tour – Japan Day 7

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A sign at Narita airport. It's a huge place; we easily spent 4 hours wandering around the shops.

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There was a fantastic origami shop with wonderful things people made.

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Here's Cathy having fun with her new friend ST Narita airport.

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Cathy, my travel partner, gets us where we want to go on the subway trains.

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Cathy looking through a pile of textiles.

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Yasukuni Shrine is big and in the city.

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One of the beautiful buildings at the shrine.

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We stopped for cakes at a pop up cafe in the Mitsukoshi department store. We got one of each and split them. Yum.

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The books I found at the flea market. Greatly cheaper than the one I bought at an antique shop the other day.

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I don't know what this is. It came folded up inside the envelope in the photo. I love the colors of the paper.

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Typical subway scene. Note that one (older) person actually had a book.

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This is a huge Apple Store in this trendy section.

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Each cafe was unique.

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This small kimono shop had kimonos as well as lots of fabrics from old kimonos as you can see in the next photo.

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Inside the kimono shop in the Omote Sando area.

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This looked like s good place for cake and coffee after our shopping at Morito.

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We stopped here for our cake fix. There were lots and lots of places and they all seemed crowded at 5:00.

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The "cake" actually a delicious mousse.

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Our view while having the cake. All the designers were there with large places.

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Day 4. This is the view on the way back to our hotel from breakfast.

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Our second stop tardy was this wonderful small museum. This is a place we visit on every trip.

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The map shows the northern part of India where the woolen textiles were from– part of the Himalayas.

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We saw some snow around Kawagoe.

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Another nice building.

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The pagoda is part of the shrine in Asakusa.

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Another Issey Miyake shop just had his famous pleated thing. This is just one example.

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Inside Morita shop

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Our glorious treat. They are open until 7:30 which was perfect.

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Where we had our treat it was dark when we were there for " dinner".

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My big treasure. An old kimono worn as underwear. The patches are the way it was designed originally

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A little pile of silk crepe from old kimonos. I will cut them up if I dare to. The end of my first days treasures

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Off Again on a Weaving Tour

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I’m leaving in the morning for a trip for a week in Tokyo on the way to a two-week textile tour: The Textile Arts and Traditions of the Philippines, sponsored by the Textile Arts Council of the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. The week in Tokyo my friend Cathy and I will just go to our favorite places, including the antique stores where I found the old books where I’ve gotten pages for my art work. We are going to a special flea market and to our favorite antique textile shops. 
I’ll post on  my Instagram account “peggyoster“, 2 to 4 photos a day (I hope). And my web guy will combine those in a daily post on my website for my almost 500!! (493) subscribers who get email notices of my website posts.
I am eager to see pineapple fiber fabric and I hope I can bring home some. It should be fascinating to see how it is made. We’ll be flying a lot to get to various islands so it will really be interesting to see what “the Philippines” really is like.