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treasures from the rag bag

March 6, 2017

there is something very satisfying about sakiori

rag weaving

indigo dyed cotton warp and indigo dyed rags

an abundance to choose from

while searching through the stash for interesting cloth to cut

this long forgotten jacket (hippari or jinbai) surfaced

found in a charity shop

someone had started to take it apart and never finished

it is old and badly stained and discoloured due to age

it looked so forlorn, I felt sorry for it

black rather than indigo

the kasuri (ikat) pattern is very regular which leads me to believe the pattern was not hand-woven

it is firmly hand stitched and difficult to unpick

there are four fabric ties made from a small kasuri patterned cottonwhich I think is handspun

as I sit and take this apart I think about who, where and when it was made

 the people who wore it for years

and how did it come to Canada?

was it a grandmothers link to a past life?

a new boro piece starts to take shape

I’ll include pieces from the hippari

add bits and take some away

move things around and play for a few days

and then –  start stitching

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2017 10:34 am

    I have an overabundance of dressmaking scraps that I refused to toss in the trash and was never able to find a place to donate. I am so glad I happened upon sakiori and your blog. Very, very inspirational. This is a beautiful way to recycle.


    • June 20, 2017 10:41 am

      Nia – and rag weaving uses more rags than you expect, it’s great for strong bags. Thanks for reading the blog.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    March 7, 2017 1:11 pm

    those tiny ties are the most precious bits! what is it about small bits of beautiful cloth???


    • March 7, 2017 2:31 pm

      Velma – I love finding little extra surprises, have to wonder what those ties were in their original form. Hope you are having a wonderful time and not overworked!


  3. March 7, 2017 8:01 am

    As always, totally beautiful work. You are an inspiration, Jean!


  4. March 7, 2017 3:29 am

    How neat that the old jacket is getting new life–I love that kind of thing. We got a huge bin of rag strips when we bought one of our looms . . . so I will need to give rag weaving a whirl.


    • March 7, 2017 7:57 am

      Kerry – great that you have rags already cut. I cut light cotton at approx. 1/2″ and fold them in half as they are laid into the shed for a sturdy light weight fabric. Rugs need wider, thicker strips. Have fun.


  5. Judi bushby permalink
    March 6, 2017 2:02 pm

    Always so busy – never stopping. The Sakiori looks wonderful.


    • March 6, 2017 2:22 pm

      Hi Judi – good to hear from you. I’m keeping very busy with conference stuff, thank goodness it will be over July 3rd. But trying to avoid the news from across the border and we have a provincial election soon, hate how it has all become so ugly! Sakiori is very calming.


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