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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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Mrs. Uebayashi: Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea

Mrs. Uebayashi: Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea

(p.286) Mrs. Uebayashi: Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Tamara K. Hareven

University of California Press

Mrs. Uebayashi Chiyoko started weaving obi for Kyoto manufacturers when obi weaving was introduced to Tango in the 1970s. Mr. Uebayashi Akira, her husband, has continued to work as a fisherman. Like the other women in the village, Mrs. Uebayashi also does farming on her little family plot on the slope of the mountain. The Uebayashi family lives in a spacious new wooden house, built in the traditional style with ornate traditional wood carvings. Since Mrs. Uebayashi was the weaver, her husband fulfilled the role that the hostess would normally have and took a secondary role in the interview. She started weaving as a part-time job, but it has become a full-time job for her. She said that there are many people who quit weaving due to the depression and the middlemen.

Keywords:   Mrs. Uebayashi Chiyoko, Mr. Uebayashi Akira, obi, weaving, farming, depression, middlemen

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