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May 23, 2016

the sun reached the valley early

P1080838 mist rose on the hillside

after long nights of stitching

and fingers sore with puncture wounds

P1080758sensei arrived and it was back to work

in the foreground is a kotei

two flatirons in a heated container

they are used to iron seams

and to make all the stitching marks

(in place of tailor’s tacks or a tracing wheel)

P1080823handy little gadget – no, I didn’t bring one home

imagine explaining that to customs and security!

P1080820sensei had her own special ways

she held the fabric taut with her toe while stitching (lower left)

don’t think I can master that trick

P1080784making of the madder pigment continued

P1080792the pigment settles to the bottom

the top liquid is poured off and clean water added to top up

this was repeated until the pH tested neutral (about a week)

P1080833meanwhile Hiro baked an incredible cake to celebrate his birthday

P1090012and Bryan kept the indigo seedlings watered

P1090003finally the first hanten were finished and washed

P1080844another morning dawned

P1090044and there was peace in the valley

 then it was time to start our second hanten.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2016 2:26 pm

    Lovely process! in such a lovely place.


  2. May 23, 2016 3:56 pm

    I feel amazed!


  3. May 24, 2016 4:45 am

    So much to absorb! It all looks magical.


  4. Judi bushby permalink
    May 24, 2016 3:39 pm

    Am enjoying your diary of events in Fujino. At least I know what to expect. Definitely something to use as thimbles or finger protectors at least. That, and a backlog of good sleep. The photos are stunning. How wonderful to share Hiro’s birthday.


    • May 24, 2016 4:02 pm

      Judi – after I commented on sensei’s traditional Japanese thimble Bryan made us leather ones. Sensei taught me how to use it properly and it saved my life! If you remember Cynthia and I had our birthdays when we were together and this time mine was the day before I flew to Japan.


  5. May 25, 2016 1:34 am

    i would love to have the madder lake experience.
    on the side: isn’t the view of the tea fields magnificent?


    • May 25, 2016 8:37 am

      Neki – the madder was a side event that most people didn’t understand the importance of, don’t think I’ll ever get to the point of making it at home. The views, whichever way you turn are breath taking.


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