One of the first things I did in Japan was visit two weavers.
The first owner at this shop showed me some of their beautiful work.
And from the back.
The weaver only sees the back as he works.
My back gets tired when I sew a long time. These men weave all day and their backs were very supple. My tour guide translator said they do it in a zen-like relaxed way.
Some of their thread.
The royal family in Japan is a customer of theirs.
Across the street we visited another weaver.
The owner of this shop showed us a photo of a woven waterfall that he created. He said it was very challenging to make, but he loves waterfalls. It is on exhibit. Just seeing the photo of it, I was enchanted. And alas I don’t have a picture of it to show you.
The top of the loom is similar to a computer punch card system.
This weaver gave me this skein of silk warp thread. He said it takes 10,000 threads for the width of an obi.
I have to think of something special to use this for. I love to feel it. I’m thinking of crocheting it around my geta straps. I have to buy men’s geta because my feet are bigger than Japanese woman’s shoes. I wear size 8 US. The straps are not pretty like on the woman’s.
In this picture below the black and gold fabric around my waist and hanging down my back is an obi. This is NOT a handwoven one.
I have a new appreciation for people who do hand weaving.