Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weaving Obi

At the textile center in Kyoto there were also some jacquard looms weaving obi cloth.   

In the first picture the weaver is doing a pickup brocade on a shaft loom.  The second is the jacquard.  
Here is a closer look at the fell of the cloth.
The brocade is woven upside down with the long floats on the upper side.
This is the right side of the pattern.
Upstairs there was this wonderful little model of a jacquard loom.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Back from Japan

My husband and I visited out son in Japan last month.  We did many of the usual tourist things, but along the way I took a few shots of lovely kimono that I thought I should share with you.

All except the second one were in a kimono show at a textile center in Kyoto. The second one was just walking from the train to a hotel in Kobe.  There were quite a few lovely kimono-clad ladies in the hotel.  They were on their way to fancy family parties.