Japanese weaves

Janet Yang <jyang949@...>

While searching for information on Japan's Living Treasures, I found
a webpage with kimonos woven of beautiful fabric:

Unfortunately, there is almost no information given, and the photographs
are too small to see any detail.
Does anybody know what "tsumugi weave" is?


Deanna Johnson

Does anybody know what "tsumugi weave" is?
I found this doing a Google search:

From http://www.kasuridyeworks.com/fabexplan/kdsilk.html

Tsumugi (Hand-spun)
One of the oldest and simplest woven textiles, tsumugi are hand spun using
scrap filaments from silk cocoons. These short fibers are hand spun up to
300 times per yard into a single thread. It takes an experienced spinner
about six months to spin the silk for the 12.5 yards of fabric needed for a
kimono. Tsumugi is woven on a handloom into flat weave fabrics.
Many silk producing regions take advantage of this method of converting
nonmarketable scrap filaments to make these durable fabrics. The care and
skill devoted to spinning and weaving tsumugi is greatly valued.


Brucie Connell <bruciec@...>

There is a ton of great stuff here: http://www.nihon-kogeikai.com/KOKUHO-SENSHOKU-E.html


The Sept., 2001 issue of "Natural History" magazine has an article
called "Threads of Okinawan History," about 3 weavers who work with
ramie, banana fiber and silk. 1 received the Living Treasure
designation in 1999.