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Entries in textile (4)

Thursday
Mar052009

isbn 9784309280530 tenugui towels of kamawanu かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖 

kamawanu no tenugui tsukaikata techo かまわぬの手ぬぐい使い方手帖  'tenugui towels of kamawanu, how to use them, a pocket guide'

kamawanu is a very popular company that makes tenugui towels using the traditional pattern from the edo period. their main store is in the daikanyama area of tokyo, and well worth a visit if you ever have the chance.

this book showcases the edo-era designs and patterns that kamawanu prints on their tenugui. it also has ways of using and folding the tenugui, and craft projects you can make from tenugui.

Tuesday
Mar032009

yuzen 友禅染 ゆうぜん

yuzen dying is a traditional method of dyeing fine silk kimono fabric. with a history of several centuries, yuzen is a complex process that includes hand painting and paste resist dyeing, and can also include stencils and shibori.

the comprehensive traditional crafts of japan website has a section on kyoto yuzen dyeing that shows the process.

i haven't tried it personally, but my friend and her mom enjoyed the workshop at marumasu nishimuraya yuzen kobo (まるますにしむらやゆぜんこうぼう).

http://www.kyo-komachi.com/koubou/english.html

Tuesday
Mar032009

shibori 絞り

this is a classic shibori pattern of a vintage jacket worn over kimono.

shibori is a japanese traditional kind of dyeing where parts of the fabric are kept away from the dye by being bound in an intricate combination of knots.

one of the next workshops i'd love to try is the one offered by the kyoto shibori craft center. my friend who tried this workshop said it was fantastic!

http://shibori.jp/english.htm

Monday
Jul302007

weaving in kyoto, the nishijin textile center 西陣織工業組合

nishijin weaving is the traditional style of weaving in kyoto, and the nishijin area is the part of the city that is home to the weaving and supporting industries. a visit to the nishijin textile center is a good introduction to the history.

nishijin textile center 西陣織工業組合

address: horikawa-imadegawa minami-iru kamigyo-ku, kyoto 京都市上京区堀川通今出川南入

phone: (075)432-6131

website: http://www.nishijin.or.jp/eng/

map showing the nishijin textile center.

view of the building from the outside.

the nishijin weaving style originated about 500 years ago, when a group of weavers were introduced to silk weaving techniques from china, and lived in the western camp (nishijin) of a general at the time.the textile center is a large and has comprehensive displays, including looms.
spinning
mini dioramas of (i guess) traditional silk stores?in the end though, the nishijin textile center is a big souvenir emporium...it has a variety of mini cultural courses. i haven't tried any of their classes, but for anyone seriously interested in crafts, i recommend orinasu kan (following post) instead for a hands on workshop.