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Mr. and Mrs. Nagahama: <i>Cottage Weavers of Wedding Kimono on the Tango Peninsula</i>

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228177.003.0019
Mr. and Mrs. Nagahama: Cottage Weavers of Wedding Kimono on the Tango Peninsula

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Mr. Nagahama Jouichi and Mrs. Nagahama Minako live in Takanashi. Their weaving shed is across the street from their home on the edge of the sea, in what used to be their fish-house. Mr. and Mrs. Nagahama weave uchikake — the magnificent brocade wedding coats worn by brides over kimono. The technique for weaving uchikake is similar to that of obi, however, it differs in the complexity of the designs and the colors. Mrs. Nagahama does most of the weaving. Her husband weaves occasionally and helps with the preparatory work. Their oldest son was a student at Kyoto University at the time of the interview. Mrs. Nagahama said that unless they are educated, they cannot do anything other than weaving.

Keywords: Mr. Nagahama Jouichi; Mrs. Nagahama Minako; Takanashi; weaving; uchikake; wedding kimono

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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