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February 27, 2011

every year I send a little birthday present to a kimono weaver in Japan, always something handwoven, and I get one in return. We can only communicate in the briefest  of ways, we are the same age, her birthday is a month before mine. I called her grandmother and she called me a weaving mushi (Japanese for bug).

This year I’ll send a needle case, not yet finished, and a loom pin cushion. 

  

Think I’ll stitch the bit of tatted lace around the outside.

 

the lining is a woad dyeing sample with a rice paste resist stencil and “pages” of felt.

the first needle case I made  from a pattern in a Japanese craft magazine.

the red one is mine.

This is Nagai-san in her weaving room showing a length of silk, kasuri kimono fabric. All the rolls in the shelves behind her are silk, kasuri kimono lengths which she resist tied, dyed, and wove.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2011 3:44 pm

    this kind of exchange, these caring thoughts are who you are jean. i think you are both lucky friends.

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  2. February 27, 2011 2:10 pm

    what a lovely tradition and relationship you havex The gifts you are sending her are gorgeous. She is one lucky lady. Her woven work looks gorgeous.

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