Mr. Aioi: Warper

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. Aioi: Warper

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Mr. Aioi Eiichi works in his family's warping shop in one of the narrow streets in Nishijin. The manufacturer sends the silk thread and the design to the warper and commissions from him the tied warp. The big drum turns the colorful silk threads and batches them into separate groups according to the design. Mr. Aioi's brother's wife was tying the threads, while he was operating the wheel. The Aioi family business provides an important example of a dual arrangement. On the one hand, they own a warping workshop, which places them in the position of small businessmen to whom the manufacturers subcontract orders; on the other hand, they also work as cottage weavers, who would be considered employees of the manufacturers. He said that human relations have changed in Nishijin — they have become more business-like. He also said that manufacturers now lack thoughtfulness.

Keywords: Mr. Aioi Eiichi; Nishijin; warping; silk threads; family business; cottage weavers; small businessmen; manufacturers

Chapter.  2275 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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