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bojagi, shibori and kasuri

June 1, 2012

now that weaving is underway I feel more settled so I’m getting on with other things

all the little samples and bits of fabric I brought back from Japan, along with some from the stash, are the start of the next bojagi 

the shibori in the center is from one front/back panel of a cotton kimono

in “Shibori   The Inventive Art of  Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing”  Yoshiko Wada describes this as “small shapes bound on weft or hira miura shibori”.

 Neki  has a video on her blog featuring weaving and yuki tsumugi (handspun silk)

my six months at Kawashima were spent studying kasuri

the weft in this piece is silk I spun from cocoons,







I tied, dyed and randomly wove some weft shibori








in a junk/antique shop I found a full kimono length,  look closely and you will see it has a green thread in both warp and weft.


one selvedge  has 1/4 inch of red in the weft thread and the other side is green. I’m not sure of the reason for this but it could be to help in the shifting of the weft  in order to position the dyed pattern with the warp thread.

my friend and roommate from Kawashima, Taeko-san and I shared the roll. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Blandina Aracne permalink
    June 3, 2012 7:58 am

    Your kasuri is beautiful. I am fascinated by this technique, it is such an art to go along the entire process. And what a treasure you found!


    • June 3, 2012 9:59 am

      Blandina – known as ikat in other cultures it is one of the most labour intensive of all the techniques and it takes constant practise and years to become truly proficient. 6 months of struggle at Kawashima gave me an appreciation of its beauty.


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