Mrs. Fuwa: 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. Fuwa: Artistic Handloom Weaver

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This chapter describes the narrative of Mrs. Fuwa Emiko. She works as a demonstration weaver in the Nishijin Weaving Center at the time of interview. She had apprenticed with Mrs. Shibagaki. Her technique is fingernail weaving or tsuzure. She specializes in weaving portraits and landscapes on the traditional wooden handloom. In 1979, she was sent by the Nishijin Textile Industrial Association as a demonstration weaver to the Fogg Museum at Harvard University. She left her position as demonstration weaver in 1985. However, she continued to weave at home on commission. She made highly specialized textiles, including flags. Mrs. Fuwa is now back working part-time at the Nishijin Textile Center. Tsuzure has a future despite the powerloom. She says that there are few people who want to specialize in tsuzure, partly because of the low wages and partly because the eyesight gets worse.

Keywords: Mrs. Fuwa Emiko; demonstration weaver; Nishijin Weaving Center; tsuzure; fingernail weaving; powerloom; Nishijin Textile Center

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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