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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. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll

Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll

(p.107) Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of the Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scroll
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Tamara K. Hareven

University of California Press

This chapter presents the narrative of Mr. Yamaguchi Itaro. Mr. Yamaguchi has spent many years designing and supervising the weaving of four surviving scrolls illustrating scenes from The Tale of Genji. He was engaged in a creative process that involved not merely the reproduction of paintings on textiles, but an artistic translation of the ancient paintings into Nishijin weavings. The Genji scrolls are being woven in Nishijin by three master weavers on wooden handlooms in a traditional small workshop. In 1994, Mr. Yamaguchi donated the first two scrolls to the Guimet Museum in Paris. The art of Nishijin weaving was transferred to Japan from some places on the Silk Road. The development of his weaving company is discussed.

Keywords:   Mr. Yamaguchi Itaro, Nishijin, weaving, The Tale of Genji, Genji scrolls, ancient paintings, Guimet Museum

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