My Japan Weaving Tour – Day 5

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Day 5. Shopping in Kyoto. We had the afternoon and went first thing to Gallery Kei on Teramachi Street near City Hall. She specializes in old textiles made of bast fibers. My loot was from there and another old textiles shop on the street, Tadashi-ya.


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This is Gallery Kei which is a first destination in Kyoto for antique textiles.


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A closer look at Gallery Kei.


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It was dark by the time we left the shop called Tadashi-ya. It’s small but the textiles are piled high. The light blue piece in my photo came from there. It is gorgeous close-up. The weft threads are made of paper.


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Here we are after finished shopping.

My Japan Weaving Tour – Day 4

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Day 4. Arakei Textile (who we visited in Chichibu) had an exhibition at Mitsukoshi, a prestigious department store. We exchanged websites–they had put our visit on their site and I put them on mine! It was a grand display.


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Another display at Mitsukoshi department store. We will be going to Hakata to see a weaving place. Traditionally they weave obi like the ones sumo wrestlers wear. I wonder what we’ll see when we get there. Here they are promoting their non traditional textiles.


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Another department store, Matsuya, had a boutique of textiles from Nuno. Their textiles are ones we watch for because they are so innovative. I learned to make this exact textile in a workshop with Yoshiko Wada!


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An exhibit of indigo Japanese work clothes was at International Christian University. They have a big collection of textiles and many exhibits. This is a place to keep watching for future shows.


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Also at International Christian University. Japanese folk art. These are all wonderful devices to hang a tea pot over the hibachi. I have one that I treasure.

My Japan Weaving Tour – Day 1 / Part 2

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Day 1 / Part 2 – More About Meisen Weaving in Chichibu. This is the front of a brochure from the studio we visited: Arakei Textile. An image is printed on a warp.


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First temporary wefts are woven very far apart in a warp of white threads. Then the extremely loosely woven cloth is taken to the printing table. Here you can barely see one weft on a diagonal. See the next photo.


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Here you can see that temporary weft in this photo of the printed warp. I brought home a piece of the printed warp. The warp threads are barely held in place by the temporary weft–just enough so the warp can be put into the loom. If I disturb these printed threads they will separate some so they must stay put or all the threads could get out of line.


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Here you can see on the loom where the cloth has been woven and also the printed warp threads not yet woven.


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These young women were wearing lovely kimonos of Meisen fabric while shopping in the showroom on the day we were there. I am not on a tour for this trip but am traveling with my travel partner on many previous tours. Dear friends drove us to Chichibu which is three hours from Tokyo.


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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.

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Home at last to see my special orchids blooming. When I opened the door the whole apartment smelled of its perfume.

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You could look in the windows and watch your dog getting groomed.

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Only one cat shop but these looked exotic.

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The embroidery on the sleeve I like very much.

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Pizza for our night out after the group left.

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We came this great shop after visiting some antique stores — both for more shopping

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Our farewell dinner with a show was fun.

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This was a leper facility originally where the nuns taught the residents embroidery and bobbin lace.

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Bobbin lace making is fast paced and takes a lot of pins. The fingers and bobbins flew to make the patterns.

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Day 12. Iloilo City. The only looms today!

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Typical of the floor boards I. The old houses

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The huge number of heddle roads on the loom for making the patterns.

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The next place we went to in the town of Iloilo.

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Here is how bobbins were wound.

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Inside is the weaving shed

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“My” weaver is on the right. I think the others were the owners of the business.

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Day 10 in and around Kalibo. We walked in this rice paddy to the home of a woman who does beautiful macrame.

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The pattern is really intricate.

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This is embroidery. The whole cloth was beautifully embroidered. See the next photo.

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A view of a part of the whole cloth. It was embroidered after it was woven.

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We went to see the red pineapple plants grown for the fibers in the leaves to weave the pina cloth.

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The leaves were then taken to a workshop where they were processed into threads.

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The leaf was scraped on both sides using a broken dinner plate

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The fibers were eventually revealed and combed.

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The bowl obtained one long strand of thread, ready to be measured out for the warp which is put on the loom.

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Some looms were set up with special heddles to inlay weft threads to make patterns.

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I’M FINALLY POSTING AGAIN HERE ON MY WEBSITE AFTER SKIPPING A WEEK. ACTUALLY MY AMAZING WEB GUY (and photographer) BOB DOES THE POSTING AND HE WAS IN CUBA THIS PAST WEEK WITH WORSE WI-FI THAN I HAD IN THE PHILIPPINES (you should see his photos!!). WE WILL POST TWO DAYS EACH DAY FROM NOW ON UNTIL WE GET CAUGHT UP.


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This is the inside of the shop.

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An interesting scene in La Union on the way to lunch.

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Our wonderful dessert. It’s called Halo-halo.

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Traffic at an intersection in La Union.

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These are examples of the well designed and appealing objects made of hand woven cloth.

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Day 7. We stopped to take photos of this church in the town of Bantay going south this morning.

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Two more tools for head hunters!

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Earrings for head hunting made of hornbill bill (?) and other things

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Famous Magdalena Gamayo and one of the children around the school.

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A close up of the dragon fruit plant.

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Day 5. True sign you are in a Philippine airport. We flew at night north of Manilla to Laoag City

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Another airport scene. WiFi is dicey do maybe not much to send from here hotel is slightly above marginal.

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A close up of pineapple plants. It surprised me to see that the plants were so close together.

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Day 4. We drove through jungle and this kind of landscape to another weaving village. T'bong Village. More later

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Here is the weaver whose cloth I bought. She is rolling it up in the photo. I liked the red border.

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The next morning on the lake

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We are in jungle country. With the same climate.

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Children in the village where we could buy the woven work of the women weavers.

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We road in this truck instead of a long walk to the village

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The weavers met us when we finally got there after s long walk on a dirt road. It was worth it.

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A loom for weaving pineapple fiber. I can't wait to see it being woven and I hope I can buy some yo dye.

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Weaving abaca fiber cloth on s blackstrap loom.

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Making a warp demo.

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I noticed this spaghetti of wires then noticed the name on the building.!

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An interesting description for the next photo.

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These are large pieces. Even used for ship sails. I loved the explanation

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From our hotel window in Manilla. Off at 4:30 in the morning for a flight to the south.

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I folded a napkin and dipped the edges in the ink that was on my plate and blotted it between two napkins.

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I began to unfold the napkin.

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Tonight I completely unfolded my napkin. It smells a little fishy.

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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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The pagoda is part of the shrine in Asakusa.

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