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The Silk Weavers of Kyoto
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The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry

Tamara Hareven

Abstract

The makers of obi, the elegant and costly sash worn over kimono in Japan, belong to an endangered species. These families of manufacturers, weavers, and other craftspeople centered in the Nishijin weaving district of Kyoto have practiced their demanding craft for generations. In recent decades, however, as a result of declining markets for kimono, they find their livelihood and pride harder to sustain. This book is a poignant exploration of a vanishing world. It integrates historical research with intensive life history interviews to reveal the relationships among family, work, and community i ... More

Keywords: obi, kimono, Japan, weavers, craftspeople, Nishijin, Kyoto, textile workers, community, family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520228177
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228177.001.0001

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Tamara Hareven, author

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Part One Family, Work, and the Division of Labor in Nishijin: A Historical Analysis

Part Two The Nishijin People’s Own Stories