Kasuri (Ikat) Handweaving Workshop

Kasuri (Ikat) Handweaving Workshop

It was such a pleasure to teach an Introduction to Kasuri (ikat) Weaving workshop last week.  The workshop was sponsored by the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin (WSSA), and was attended by participants from various locations around the State of Texas, USA. The workshop covered the workflow process that I published in the Complex […]

Ryukyu Textiles Presentation

Ryukyu Textiles Presentation

I’m so pleased to serve as the guest speaker at the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin (WSSA), Texas USA meeting on Thurs., October 11, 2018 at 7 pm. My presentation is entitled “Weaving and Dyeing in the Colorful Spirit of an Ancient Craft”. The highlights of the presentation include an overview of the textile […]

My Obaasan is 105 years old…

My Obaasan (grandmother), a Ryukyuan weaver,  is 105 years old.  I sent her my handwoven cloth for Mother’s Day…

Off We Go…”Ikimashou”

My Okinawa family said “Off we go to Kijoka.  Let’s go!”  “We’re off to Sensei Taira’s bashofu art studio ikimashou (let’s go)!”

“Weave Your Soul into the Fabric”…

My 104 year old Obaa-san is an Ito Basho weaver…my Sousobo was an Ito Basho weaver too…they are both from Izumi Village on Okinawa Island… Uchinanchu weavers believe that, as you weave, you “weave your soul into the fabric”…

Those Sounds around Me…

When i was a little girl, i sometimes stayed with my Obaa-san (grandmother).  She had a house in the Tsuboya Pottery District in Naha. During my visit, i could hear Obaa-san’s tom-tom (beater) on her weaving loom.  She had a small convenience store adjoining her house, so I often heard the voices of small children […]