My project for this past winter was to organize 4 generations of family pictures and 35mm slides. First I had to buy a new scanner. Well, the best laid plans —! As winter never really happened this year (am I tempting fate??) I have finally purchased the scanner and now have to teach myself how to use in it, not being much of a techie it may take a while. This is the result of my first practise day.
— in 1987 I spent 6 months weaving at Kawashima Textile School in the village of Ichihara a few miles outside Kyoto. At least I was working on looms – and not computers, so the learning curve wasn’t too painful.
This was my loom for the 6 months. In the process of threading silk in a split bamboo reed.A traditional kimono loom, 4 harness. It had no metal fastenings and was held together with wooden pegs. When a peg fell out we just wrapped a piece of tissue around it, stuck it back in the hole and banged it tight with the heel of our slipper. Simple, unless it caused a serious malfunction while weaving silk sett at 80 – 120 epi. I’ll leave that to your imagination. It could be very traumatic.
This is my neighbour’s loom, from the back.
And another view, with one of the students weaving a silk kimono length.
There were approx. 40 looms in the studio including a drawloom, several floor-to-ceiling tapestry looms, western looms and the kimono looms.