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Tanabata

July 7, 2014

the 7th day of the 7th month is Tanabata in Japan

in legend it is the one day of the year two lovers

the Weaver Girl and the Cowherd

  are allowed to meetIMG_0007at Kawashima Textile School in 1987 we had a celebration

my roommate, Taeko-san is in the skirt with Kiko-san beside her

Ono- sensei, dyeing teacher, is seated

in the background is a tree branch with paper wishes tied onto it – blowing in the breeze

P1050200and here are mine, today

wishes tied to trees

sending peace and love to all

drifting in the breeze

are there other holidays around the world that celebrate weavers?

I did go back for the linen napkins

but, alas, they were gone

P1050201but, for half the price I did get 6 heavy cotton napkins, never used, with nice hemstitching

and I don’t have to feel guilty about dipping them in the indigo!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2014 3:49 am

    How fun to have a holiday for weavers! It’s fascinating how many myths and legends seem to honor spinners and weavers.

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    • July 8, 2014 6:17 am

      Kerry – Japanese culture is built on myths and legends and they love festivals.
      Neki – the more the merrier!

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  2. July 8, 2014 1:20 am

    my favorite legend & festival. will hang belated wishes today

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  3. July 7, 2014 9:01 pm

    I believe that wishes are good at any time. No deadlines. If you want to blow them in the breeze all the better!

    Sorry you missed the rest of the linen, but there’s nothing wrong with good sturdy cotton either. I’m a define collector of old napkins, both mine and thrifted. I forget sometimes how many people use paper all the time.

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    • July 7, 2014 9:36 pm

      Louisa – I’m quite excited about the cotton, it’s on the way to the indigo vat and I’m planning some stitching. positive wishes are good and I didn’t wish anything bad for the racoons – yours or mine!

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  4. July 7, 2014 5:11 pm

    How sweet, I thought about putting my wish in the tree today and then got busy 😛

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    • July 7, 2014 5:29 pm

      Kristin – there’s still time! I leave mine out for a few days – the world can do with some positive thoughts!

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