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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. Sakurai: Handloom Weavers

Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai: Handloom Weavers

(p.239) Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai: Handloom Weavers
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Tamara K. Hareven

University of California Press

This chapter describes the narratives of Mr. Sakurai Takesumi and Mrs. Sakurai Akiko. Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai were both employed as highly skilled handloom weavers in a weaving company when the author first met them. The factory where they worked, and where Mrs. Sakurai continued to work, was in a large shed in the historic part of Nishijin. Only six weavers were working there at the time of the first visit. The number declined to four the following year, after Mr. Sakurai retired and another weaver took leave because he was injured in a car accident. Mrs. Sakurai retired two years later. The interview took place in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai. The chapter describes how there was something wrong with the working system in Nishijin. The industrial system is based on capitalism, and in capitalism human relationships have disappeared.

Keywords:   Mr. Sakurai Takesumi, Mrs. Sakurai Akiko, handloom weavers, weaving company, Nishijin, industrial system, capitalism

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