These Bashofu Threads…

These Bashofu Threads…

I’ve been spinning and winding these bashofu threads, and as I do, my mind spins and wanders too… What shall these bashofu threads be?  A book cover, or tapestry?  Or perhaps a cherished cloth for my family? These bashofu threads, once dyed and handwoven will tell a story.  Like these vintage kimonos, they will document […]

Bashofu Weaving

Records indicate that Bashofu weaving existed in the Ryukyu Islands as far back as the 1500’s… The earliest written evidence is dated 1546 from Pak Son, a shipwrecked Korean who reached the Ryukyus in 1542 where he stayed for four years before returning to Korea.  Pak Son wrote the following: “The larger trees are the […]

I am a Happy Gardener…

The heat and humidity have arrived in Houston, TX USA, and the weather feels just like summer in Okinawa.  At least a month has passed since i first started tilling and enriching my Ryukyu garden bed. So, this week i decided that it’s time…time to plant my Ito Basho seeds…i am a happy gardener… Ito […]

Basho Spinning…it’s a challenge for me!

I’m still learning to spin Ito Basho threads on my basho spinning wheel…it’s a challenge for me!  However, the spinners at Sensei Taira’s weaving studio…well, they spin beautifully!

Okinawan Folk Music – Bashofu

Bashofu “beautiful song of the homeland…mountains so green, skies so blue…beautiful people too” 1. Umi no aosa ni Sora no ao Minami no kaze ni Midoriba no Basho wa nasake ni Te o maneku Tokonatsu no kuni Washita shima Uchina 2. Shuri no kojo no Ishi datami Mukashi o shinobu Katahotori Minoreru basho Ureteita Midoriba […]

Closet Wish…

Someday i will open my closet and see my closet wish come true…a closet full of  handwoven bashofu hand-dyed with Ryukyu Ai (indigo)…there will be some Ikat birds in flight and sparkling dragonflies too…

A Weave is Lost…

My Okasan (mother) says that “a Bashofu weave is lost unless the threads are knotted”…so, i practice tying knots… There are 20,000 knots in a single handwoven Bashofu kimono…so, i practice tying knots the way my Okasan taught me…

I Dream…

I am a happy gardener…tilling, weeding, and enriching the soil.  Soon my garden will grow to be an Ito Basho forest… As i garden, i dream…