Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai: 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:
Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai: Handloom Weavers

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This chapter describes the narratives of Mr. Sakurai Takesumi and Mrs. Sakurai Akiko. Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai were both employed as highly skilled handloom weavers in a weaving company when the author first met them. The factory where they worked, and where Mrs. Sakurai continued to work, was in a large shed in the historic part of Nishijin. Only six weavers were working there at the time of the first visit. The number declined to four the following year, after Mr. Sakurai retired and another weaver took leave because he was injured in a car accident. Mrs. Sakurai retired two years later. The interview took place in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai. The chapter describes how there was something wrong with the working system in Nishijin. The industrial system is based on capitalism, and in capitalism human relationships have disappeared.

Keywords: Mr. Sakurai Takesumi; Mrs. Sakurai Akiko; handloom weavers; weaving company; Nishijin; industrial system; capitalism

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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