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A Group of Ten Balls of Braided Cotton Rope: Recycled Cloth

Written on July 2, 2013

BraidedHimo01I have always loved  hand braided, cotton rope, the kind that was made from scraps of leftover cotton cloth in rural Japan, and I showed a few before on the webshop, here, and here.   I’m really happy that I have ten balls of this beautiful, utilitarian cloth in stock, which I will begin to offer on the webshop over time.

BraidedHimo01aJust as zokin, traditional dustrags, and diapers represent the last phases of recycling of cloth in Japan, so does himo, or this rope.

BraidedHimo01bEach of these balls of rope is braided from scraps, and the rope is remarkably strong.  The rope comes to me as a long piece, but I roll it up as I like the way it looks.  The small balls are a few yards or meters long, while the larger balls are twice or three times that.

BraidedHimo01cAnd the colors are gorgeous.  The reason for these beautiful colors is that the cotton which was shredded to braid this rope is, for the most part, commercially dyed and woven, so the colors are brighter or deeper than traditional, hand dyed Japanese cloth which is usually somber in tone.

BraidedHimo01dJust as shredded, recycled cottons are used to braid these balls of rope, shredded cotton was also used in sakiori, a ragwoven cloth, and the balls of rope are sitting on a sakiori panel much like this one.

BraidedHimo01eOf course, if you’d like more information on this rope, please don’t hesitate to email me.

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