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The Silk Weavers of KyotoFamily and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry$
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Tamara Hareven

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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Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers

Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers

(p.176) Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Tamara K. Hareven

University of California Press

This chapter reports the narratives of Mr. Konishi Hiroshi and Mrs. Konishi Nobuko. They work as cottage weavers in Nishijin. At the time of the interview, they lived in a traditional narrow wooden house, which had belonged to Mr. Konishi's parents. The weave shed was attached to one end of the house. Both of them worked in the same shed, their looms facing each other. The looms were sunk in a ditch in the packed-earth floor — both because the ceiling was too low for the looms and because the silk requires a certain level of humidity. Mr. Konishi was weaving obi on a handloom — the jacquard, where the pattern is controlled by punch cards — while Mrs. Konishi wove tsuzure brocade on a wooden handloom and translated the design with the naked eye. Mr. Konishi died in the year 2000 after serious surgery. The chapter describes how the Koreans are threatening Nishijin with competition.

Keywords:   Mr. Konishi Hiroshi, Mrs. Konishi Nobuko, cottage weavers, Nishijin, weaving, obi, jacquard, tsuzure, handloom

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