From Amoskeag to Nishijin

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
From Amoskeag to Nishijin

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This chapter describes the author's interview experiences in Nishijin as they emerged and developed in the context of her changing relationship with the Nishijin people. As the interviews progressed, the Nishijin weavers and manufacturers gradually became absorbed in the interview process and began to share information about their lives with frankness. The Nishijin weavers saw these interviews as an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the crises and discontinuities they were experiencing in their work lives with a foreigner who was deeply interested in their lives, and with each other. Mrs. Fujiwara and Mrs. Shibagaki were two weavers from the Nishijin Textile Center. The interpreters' lives and social status were also topics of great interest to the people interviewed. The author's relationship with the Nishijin people was transformed into a partnership and friendship that has grown over time.

Keywords: Nishijin Textile Center; Nishijin weavers; Nishijin manufacturers; social status; Nishijin people; work lives

Chapter.  8667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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