February 15, 2014
When I first saw these three panels from a futon cover I thought the large, multi-toned indigo dyed image was a phoenix; having a better look it was clear that this image is a peacock, an image not often seen on folk textiles.
The peacock was resist dyed, possibly using a set of stencils, the technique is called katazome. Or, maybe, this image was made using a combination of katazome with a free hand resist dyeing technique called tsutsugaki. And what a complex image this is–and what a large one, too. The peacock itself measures 27″ x 32″, 68.5 cm x 81 cm.
The three panels are taken from a futon cover and as you can see by the wonderful fading on the indigo dyed cotton, this futonji was used hard.
The level of detail on this piece is just fantastic–it’s a beautifully realized rendering.
It probably dates to the late nineteenth century and its overall dimensions are 71″ x 37 1/2″ or 180.5 cm x 95 cm. I will be listing this for sale on the webshop in the next few weeks.
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January 30, 2014
Hiroko Karuno, a master shifu weaver and paper yarn maker, has just published a generously illustrated book which showcases the history of shifu or woven paper. It introduces the master paper makers who supply Karuno with her raw materials and, most importantly, shows in step-by-step detail Karuno’s method for making kami-ito or paper yarn.
This book is a treasure for anyone interested in shifu weaving and a monumental achievement in insuring that this, the rarest of Japanese weaving traditions, is kept alive.
Karuno was featured before on this blog, here, and here you will find an article I had the privilege to write on Karuno and her shifu for Selvedge magazine.
I am thrilled to be selling the book on my website here and I am so very happy that Hiroko Karuno has generously shared her life’s work with the world.
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