waste not, want not
another book to add to the vast collection
Mottainai: The Fabric of Life
Lessons in Frugality from Traditional Japan
an exhibition catalogue from the Portland Japanese Garden featuring works from the collections of Kei Kawasaki of Gallery Kei in Kyoto an Stephen Szczepanek of Sri in Brooklyn
written in both Japanese and English.
Asa is the general Japanese term for baste fibre, hemp is taima
shown on a piece of my handspun hemp, handwoven, indigo/shibori cloth
The fabric is my boro/indigo/sashiko quilt, still a work in progress
the last time I was in Japan I was given a bundle of fibre that looked like very fine papery wood and encouraged to go home and “weave something”. Nobody seemed to know what the fibre was.
I wove it on a cotton warp, soaking wet and it was not easy. I now think it might have been elm or ohyo.
All 60 pages have beautiful photographs and brief descriptions. For those of you outside the U.S. the postage was more than the cover price of the book.
Mottainai can be translated as “waste nothing”.