Mrs. Fujiwara, Mr. Fujiwara, and Mr. Nishitani: Handloom Weavers

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. Fujiwara, Mr. Fujiwara, and Mr. Nishitani: Handloom Weavers

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This chapter addresses the narratives of Mr. Fujiwara Tuneo, Mrs. Fujiwara Hiroko, and Mr. Nishitani Hidetaro. Mr. and Mrs. Fujiwara are both highly skilled handloom weavers. Mrs. Fujiwara worked as a demonstration weaver in the Nishijin Textile Center at the time of the first interview. She also has a twenty-year-long career in weaving. Mr. Fujiwara works for a major manufacturer producing handwoven obi. Mrs. Fujiwara's father, Mr. Nishitani, was already retired at the time of the first interview. He continued to weave at home on a handloom for a manufacturer. Noriko, Mr. and Mrs. Fujiwara's daughter, studied English in order to become an interpreter. She now lives with her husband and their two children in Germany. There are many kinds of “secret” weavers in Nishijin, including Mr. Nishitani, especially in small businesses. The old weavers are not concerned with their illegal status.

Keywords: Mr. Fujiwara Tuneo; Mrs. Fujiwara Hiroko; Mr. Nishitani Hidetaro; handloom weavers; Nishijin Textile Center; secret weavers

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