Mrs. Shibagaki: Artistic Handloom Weaver

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:
Mrs. Shibagaki: Artistic Handloom Weaver

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This chapter discusses the narrative of Mrs. Shibagaki Kimie. She worked as a demonstration weaver on the traditional wooden handloom in the Nishijin Textile Center. She uses the technique of fingernail weaving and translates the design with the bare eye and follows it through a mirror. She was commissioned to reproduce a five-hundred-year-old Chinese tapestry that is hung each year on one of the traditional floats in the parade of the Gion Festival in Kyoto. She was also commissioned to produce a special hanging depicting an ancient Japanese motif from the wall-paintings in Nara and to weave a table cover as a present for the Emperor and the Empress. Since she has retired, she weaves at home for outside orders. There are three kinds of weaving: tsuzure, handloom weaving, and powerloom. In Nishijin, women are more likely to have jobs outside their homes after marriage than in other places.

Keywords: Mrs. Shibagaki Kimie; demonstration weaver; Nishijin Textile Center; fingernail weaving; Chinese tapestry; tsuzure; handloom weaving; powerloom

Chapter.  3391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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