Written on December 19, 2008
My friend, Nao, in Kyoto, sent me these wonderful and mysterious indigo dyed cotton kasuri yarns: three bundles of weft yarns and three drums of their complementary warps. I believe they may be the yarns used to make Kurume gasuri, the kind of ikat done in Kurume on Kyushu Island, but I’m not sure. Not yet, at least.
Another good friend, Hiroko Takeda, a genius textile designer and weaver who lives nearby me in Brooklyn, has been trained in the ‘folk textile’ traditions at Joshibi University in Tokyo. Hiroko said she’ll come by one day and help me match weft yarns to the proper warps. As Hiroko is expert in complex weaving techniques, I look forward to working with her on this as her feedback and insights will certainly be interesting.
I’m thrilled to own these ‘kasuri-in-the-raw’ yarns and I welcome any comments you may have.