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a Japanese weaver’s studio

August 2, 2012

I finally finished getting my pictures from the Japanese Textile Workshop in order and have made copies to send to  the “indigo sisters” and  Bryan


after finishing that I moved on to pictures taken while visiting my friend, Taeko-san, in Nagano province


 this is Nagai-san in her studio. She is a traditional kimono weaver and uses left-over, dyed silk yarns to weave fabrics and design Western style clothing.










she weaves on a traditional, 4 harness loom. The studio has a cozy corner for tea, and her Buddhist alter










she has patched the holes in the shoji artistically. Her silk noren is unusual.







she and Taeko-san decided to have an impromptu fashion show



click on the pictures to enlarge


and I had fun as well

domo arigato, Nagai-san 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2012 9:59 am

    nice, nice, nice!


  2. Judi bushby permalink
    August 2, 2012 8:13 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic time with your friend. An inspirational time no doubt.


    • August 2, 2012 9:12 pm

      Judi – she has a wonderful small studio, it’s welcoming, inspiring and a happy place. I enjoy seeing other peoples workplaces.
      Myra – the bag is actually red, handwoven and ancient. I used to weave them to sell but they are too much work for the price I can get.


  3. August 2, 2012 8:09 pm

    Love it all, Jean, thanks. I specially like your pretty pink bag in which you have the discs.


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