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In the afternoon of my first day in Kyoto, Kiyo took me to the museum of Noguchi-san. I was going to see how he designs obi with gold leaf. I expected to find that he takes gold leaf and presses it onto fabric and then uses the fabric to make obi. The reality was much more interesting than I imagined.
When I walked in his workroom I said,
You have the sun in here.
Noguchi-san uses gold leaf and other metals for different colors.
The pieces of gold or silver leaf are mad by putting a small piece of precious metal under a paper and pounding it thin. It ends up this size.
He uses brushes made out of woman’s hair.
This block of wood has tightly packed hair running through the entire thing. He ‘sharpens’ it like a pencil as it wears down.
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